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This page connects you to the teaching, research, and publishing interests of Robert Berkhofer. The Latin name, index historiae, meaning "History Index" refers to the homepage of the site and whenever you see this phrase, you will return to this welcome page.

Student Resources
Students visiting the site for the first time should use the courses link to find the homepage of their class and become familiar with the resources available to them. All students should become familiar with the Study Aids section of the site, which contains many resources designed to help them study, take exams, and write various different kinds of papers. Some student resources are password protected and students must obtain access from Prof. Berkhofer.

My research interests are closely connected to my teaching: I focus on France in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. My book Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2004. I am currently working on the relationship between forgery and historical consciousness in medieval Europe.

The towers of Chartres Cathedral, built 1180-1220, a masterpiece of medieval gothic architecture. Photo courtesy of Michael Minter.


Notre-Dame-de-Paris, 12th Century, with 19th Century spire by Viollet-le-Duc. Photo by Robert Berkhofer.

Webpage Design
I am constantly searching for new materials, links and ideas for the index historiae. I have participated in various online and web-based teaching initiatives at WMU. Please email me with suggestions for improvements for any of these sites.

All materials on this site are copyrighted and should not be used or copied without explicit written permission. If you wish to link to this site, please contact me—I will grant all reasonable requests. Some portions of the site were contributed by others and their contributions are noted appropriately.

Thanks to Contributors
Special thanks to all those who contributed directly and indirectly to this website: Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr., Betty Dessants, David DiTucci, Sally Hadden, Russ Martin, Michael Minter, and Larry Snyder. Their spirit of teamwork and collegiality have made it more useful and attractive over the years.

Robert F. Berkhofer
Dept. of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334

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July 11, 2006