University at Buffalo Department of History


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Jonathan S. Dewald, UB Distinguished Professor
office: 555 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8406



Education: BA, Swarthmore, 1968; MA California, Berkeley, 1969; PhD California, Berkeley, 1974

Courses Regularly Taught:
World Civilizations I
The Ancien Regime
European Intellectual History
Graduate seminars on Early Modern Europe and on European Cultural History

Early Modern Europe

Hub(s): Culture and Society

Research Interests: France; social and cultural history of early modern Europe

Current Research: Historical writing in France, 1820-1950

Selected Publications:
The Formation of a Provincial Nobility: The Magistrates of the Parlement of Rouen, 1499-1610 (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1980)

Pont-St-Pierre, 1398-1789: Lordship, Community, and Capitalism in Early Modern France (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1987)

Aristocratic Experience and the Origins of Modern Culture: France, 1570-1715 (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1993)

The European Nobility, 1400-1800 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996)

(editor-in-chief), Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6 vols. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004)

Lost Worlds:  The Emergence of French Social History, 1815-1970 (Penn State University Press, 2006)

A la Table de Magny: 'Nineteenth-Century French Men of Letters and the Origins of Modern Historical Thought', American Historical Review, CVIII, 4 (October, 2003), 1009-1033


  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • University of California, Irvine, Faculty Research Fellowship, 1985-1986
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1986-1987
  • Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association, for "the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century European history," 1994
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, Fellowship, 1994-1995 (declined)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Study Grant, January-February, 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Geschichte, Goettingen, January-February, 1998


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