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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 - 1970
  • Reader, Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, 1988 - 1970
  • Formerly Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 2006 - 1970
  • Formerly Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 2006 - 1970

Publications

Popular culture in early modern Europe 1978

1970

History and historians in the 20th century -2002

1970

The European Renaissance 1998

1970

A social history of knowledge 2000 & 2012

1970

Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Professor Sir Simon Schama

Early modern European social, political and cultural history; history of the Jewish people; history of art and culture

Dr Toby Barnard

The political, social and cultural histories of Ireland and England, c.1600-1800.

Professor Mary Fulbrook

20th-century German social history; structures & legacies of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic (GDR); longer-term German and European history in comparative perspective; the Holocaust and collective violence; historical and social theory