The Seven Years War

Dec 2020

I cannot say enough good things about Professor Brown or his class on the Seven Years' War. I came into the class as a history major, but I focused on a completely different period, and I was worried about jumping into such a complicated topic without enough background knowledge. My worries were completely unfounded. Professor Brown is extremely knowledgable, patient with his students, and puts so much effort into making sure that everyone gets the best experience possible with his class. I took this course online, and he managed to keep the Zoom discussions just as fascinating and lively as they would be in a classroom. He is a fair grader who gives honest and thorough feedback, even if he doesn't always hand things back/post things on Courseworks in the most timely manner. I was also intimidated at his admitting on the first day of class that he expected all of us taking it to make it our "first or second priority" among our classes, but he was right in doing so. The readings provided so many varied interpretations of and aspects of the Seven Years' War - from homosociality in the Prussian Army to the internal politics of Jamaican slave revolts - and made me think about history in new ways. This class is not easy, but it is rewarding, and Professor Brown is incredible. Take it when it's offered.

Dec 2019

Professor Brown is awesome! He really cares about his students, and always is available to meet. He does a great job of walking that fine line between not holding a student's hand when the work gets challenging, but still providing assistance when needed. The class is interesting, and he does a great job of steering the conversation and engaging all thoughts. He clearly is a smart guy, and since classes are only about 10 students, he knows everyone and makes sure everyone participates. If you're interested in military history, or a history major, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this course and this professor.