Department of History

Robert Mark Spaulding, Professor


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.A., Harvard University
  • B.A. University of Rochester

Academic Interests

Spaulding's research and teaching interests center on German, European, and global political economy, particularly trade, and international relations. He is currently working on a book manuscript," The Commercial Life of the Rhine: Trade, Politics, and Economic Growth in the Old Reich 1648 to 1789." Other research projects include the economic and political integration of Germany in the early nineteenth century and the use of agricultural trade and aid in U.S. foreign policy.

Courses Taught

  • HST 101 Western Civilization to 1650
  • HST 322 and 323 History of Germany 1648-1890 and 1890-present.
  • HST 377 The Second World War: An International History (with profs. Chen and Fain)
  • HST 495 Seminar: Global Trade since 1450
  • HST 495 Seminar: North Carolina in Global Trade

Significant Publications

  • "The Continental System and the Rhine Trade" in Katherine Aaslestad and Johan Joor (eds.), Revisiting Napoleon's Continental System: Local, Regional, and European Experiences (Palgrave, 2015), 114-132.
  • "Rethinking Great Commerce and the Hometown Economy" Central European History 47, 3 (Sep. 2014), 513-522.
  • "Changing Patterns of Rhine Commerce in the Era of French Hegemony, 1793-1813," Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 100, 4 (Dec. 2013), 413-431.
  • Osthandel and Ostpolitik. German Foreign Trade Policies in Eastern Europe from Bismarck to Adenauer (Berghahn, 1997) which was a finalist for the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize.