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UK Fellow, Section H9, Early Modern History to 1850, elected in 1994

Professor Peter Burke FBA

History
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About this Fellow

During my teaching career, at the University of Sussex (1962-79) and Cambridge (1979-2004), I both lectured and wrote on the history, especially the social and cultural history, of Europe (from Galway to the Urals) from about 1500 to about 1700. One focus of interest has been the Renaissance; another, the history of historical thought and writing; a third, the social history of language and a fourth, the social history of knowledge. I have also been concerned, over the last half-century or so, with the relation (actual and ideal) between history and neighbouring disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, geography and the psychologies. Since my retirement I have continued to pursue the history of knowledge, extending my interests to the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and the Americas. My marriage to a Brazilian historian, Maria LĂșcia G. Pallares-Burke, has encouraged an interest in Brazilian history and led to a book that we wrote together about the Brazilian sociologist and historian Gilberto Freyre.

Website: http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/teaching/fellows/display/index.cfm?fellow=49

Appointments

Current post

  • Formerly Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Reader in Intellectual History, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1976 - 1978
  • Fellow, Emmanuel College University of Cambridge, 1979
  • Reader, Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, 1988
  • Formerly Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 2006
  • Formerly Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 2006

Publications

Popular culture in early modern Europe 1978

History and historians in the 20th century -2002

The European Renaissance 1998

A social history of knowledge 2000 & 2012

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