HPU History Professor Presents Ridenhour Lecture

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 1, 2010 – Dr. Frederick Schneid, professor of history at High Point University and recipient of the 2009 Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award, recently presented “Historical Problems and National Myths: The Second War of Italian Unification, 1859-1861.”

Schneid’s lecture examined the problems with the historical narrative of Italian unification and the Franco-Piedmontese War with Austria.

“The common historical narratives written outside of Italy focus on the role of France, but little effort is made to discuss the role of Italians in their struggle against Austria,” Schneid explains. “The complexities of 19th century international relations precluded an open and honest account of the premeditated military planning between the Italian kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and the Second French Empire. This omission perpetuated an incomplete historical narrative of events from 1859 to the present.”

Schneid, who has been at HPU since 1994, is recognized as a leading expert on the Napoleonic Era and military history.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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