New Online Courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

I will be teaching two online courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in the Fall of 2021: The Nordic Nations: From Vikings to Modernity on Tuesday afternoons and The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution on Thursday afternoons.

3595-002 The Nordic Nations: From Vikings to Modernity (Click here for more information and to register)

About this course: The Nordic nations – Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway – are consistently among the top 15 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index. Their societies and culture are admired around the world. But prior to this success is a long, turbulent history. Learn about the history of the Nordic nations, including Vikings, warrior monarchs, the Second World War and immigration to North America. We’ll explore how the countries of northern Europe emerged from poverty and political upheaval to become some of the most successful countries of the 21st century.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Explore the cultural influence of the Nordic countries around the world.
  • Learn about the unique histories of the Nordic nations.
  • Discuss how successful societies can emerge from a difficult past.

Course Details: October 5, 2021 – November 23, 2021 Online with Real Time Meetings on Tuesdays, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Click here for more information and to register)

3467-003 The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution (Click here for more information and to register)

About this Course: The consequences of the Russian Revolution continue to influence Russia’s politics and society, and indeed the whole world’s. In 2017, Russia quietly marked the 100th anniversary of the turning points: the abdication of Czar Nicholas II and Lenin’s seizure of power for the Bolshevik party.  Follow the quick succession of crises: the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, the end of Russia’s participation in the First World War, the emergence of the Provisional Government, and the fateful rise of Lenin and the Soviet Union.

What You’ll Learn:

  •        Explore the vanished world of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years.
  •        Learn about the swift events in Russia in 1917.
  •        Discuss the key figures and moments in the Russian Revolutions.
  •        Explore how the Russian Revolutions were perceived around the world.
  •        Analyze the impact of the Russian Revolutions on the modern world

Course Details: October 7, 2021 – November 25, 2021 Online with Real Time Meetings Thursdays, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Click here for more information and to register)

New Canadian Encyclopedia Articles: King George V and the 1901 Royal Tour

My new articles in the Historica Canada Encyclopedia discuss King George V and the 1901 Royal Tour of Canada by the future King George V and Queen Mary, which set key precedents for future Royal Tours.

Click here to read my article about King George V

Click here to read my article about the 1901 Royal Tour

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Grand Duchess Olga

My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), watercolour artist, farmer and sister of the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II. Grand Duchess Olga and her family fled to Denmark following the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and then to Canada after the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of Russians immigrated to Canada in the first half of the 20th century. They included industrial and agricultural workers and members of the former Russian aristocracy.

Click here to read my article about Grand Duchess Olga in the Canadian Encyclopedia

Subscribe by E-mail to the Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Newsletter

Dear E-mail Subscribers,

Thank you for your interest in my writing and royal commentary! At the end of June 2021, this website will no longer send automatic e-mails after every new post. Instead, there will be a monthly e-newsletter with links to recent interviews and articles, and updates about future projects. The July 2021 newsletter will include links to new articles in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia as well as a podcast interview about Queen Marie Antoinette and the Affair of the Diamond Necklace.

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CBC News Interview: What’s in a royal baby name?

I discussed the arrival of Lilibet Diana, daughter of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the history of royal baby names with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read “What’s in a royal baby name?” at CBC News

For more about the history of royal parenting, see my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

New Issue of The Royal Studies Journal: Volume 8, Issue 1: Performing Royal Power in Premodern Europe

In 2021, I became the proofreading editor of The Royal Studies Journal, an online and open access academic journal, published with the support of the University of Winchester. The most recent issue of the journal was published this month and is available to read online.

Click here to read Volume 8, Issue 1: Performing Royal Power in Premodern Europe

New Article in Reader’s Digest Canada: Meet Queen Elizabeth’s Great-Grandchildren, From Oldest to Youngest

On June 4, 2021 Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby girl, Lilibet Diana. Lilibet is 8th in line to the throne and the youngest of Queen Elizabeth II’s eleven great-grandchildren. My new article in Reader’s Digest Canada discusses each of the Queen’s great-grandchildren including the origins of their names and where they stand in the line of succession.

Click here to read Meet Queen Elizabeth’s Great-Grandchildren, From Oldest to Youngest in Reader’s Digest Canada.

Mississauga Heritage Interview: Exploring Royal Connections to the City of Mississauga

I discussed Royal Visits to what is now the City of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in an interview with Matthew Wilkinson at Heritage Mississauga, part of the Ask a Historian series. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, youngest sister of Czar Nicholas II lived in Cooksville (now part of Mississauga) in the 1950s and I discuss her home and the royal relatives who came to visit including Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

Click here to watch Ask a Historian: Exploring Royal Connections to the City of Mississauga