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Robert Tiegs

Robert Tiegs


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences


Robert Tiegs is an early career scholar researching the political and ecological impact of military floods during the Dutch Wars of Independence (1566-1648). He began his research at the University of South Dakota, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Business. Afterwards, he travelled north to receive his Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota pursuing his interest in historical studies. During his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University he was awarded the Elmer L Anderson Research Grant for research at the University of Minnesota Archives, and the Graduate School Fellowship from LSU.

Throughout his education he has understood the value of interdisciplinary study, and he applies this approach in the classroom as well as in his research. In terms of his teaching philosophy, he believes it is important to use active learning principles and introduce students to skills and concepts which will be applicable beyond the bounds of history and the classroom. As such, he utilizes a number of creative in-class activities that engage students, and whenever possible includes a variety of primary source analysis.

Dr. Tiegs research focuses on Early Modern Europe, but he is comfortable teaching any topic of European history post 1500.

As he pursues his research, he consistently attempts to share his findings through conference presentations and publications. He has presented at the Second World Congress of Environmental History and regularly presents the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlands Studies. Along with several peer-reviewed journal articles, he is currently contracted with Brill Publishers to publish a revised edition of his doctoral thesis. He is also a regular contributor for book reviews in H-net War, Historical Geography, and The Sixteenth Century Journal.

Teaching Interests

  • European history, Environmental history, Public History, Military History, Canadian History, and anything historical

Research Interests

  • Military history and environmental history with his dissertation focusing on examining the environmental impact of the military revolution on the landscape of the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years War (1566-1648).
  • This involves analyzing the long term effects of the numerous military inundations, as several times throughout the conflict the Dutch military set portions of the land under water by purposefully breaking dikes and embankments.
  • He is interested in understanding the long term ecological consequences of all aspects of this type of warfare.

Conference Presentations

  • Tiegs, R. (2014). A Balancing Act: assessing the environmental impact of fortification building in the Dutch Republic. Second World Congress of Environmental History. Guimaraes, Portugal.

  • Tiegs, R. (2013). At the water’s edge: An environmental examination of the Siege of Leiden 1574. New York State Association of European Historians. Rochester, United States.

Journal Articles

  • Tiegs, R. (2014). Hidden beneath the waves: Commemorating and forgetting the military inundations during the Siege of Leiden.Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies, 35, 1-27.

  • Tiegs, R. (2015). Adapting to Change: Simon Stevin's Multifunctional Pivoted Sluice Lock and the Dutch Revolt.Vulcan, 3, 66-92.

  • Tiegs, R. (2023). Murky Priorities: A comparative analysis of decision making during the Siege of Leiden.Desperta Ferro Historia Moderna.

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