Sie sind hier: FRIAS School of History Fellows Prof. Dr. Jonathan Dewald

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Dewald

University of Buffalo
Guest Fellow

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History


Born 1946; 1968 BA in History, Greek and Philosophy at Swarthmore College; 1974 PhD in History at University of California, Berkeley; 1974-1991 Assitant to Full Professor, Department of History University of California, Irvine; 1981-1982 National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship; 1986-1987 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; 1990-present Full Professor to UB Distinguished Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo; 1994 Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association (book prize); 1994-1995 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fellowship; 1998 and 2011 Directeur d'Etudes Invité, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; 1998 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Study Grant; 2004 Bainton Prize for Reference, Sixteenth Century Studies     Conference (book prize); 2011 FRIAS Guest Fellowship

PUBLICATIONS (selection)

- 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) (winner of the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association)

- The European Nobility, 1400-1800 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996) (Italian translation Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2001; Hungarian translation Pannonica, 2002; Spanish translation Ediciones Pretextos, 2004; Simplified Chinese translation, Commercial Press, 2008)

- (editor-in-chief), Europe 1450-1789:  Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6 vols. (New York Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004) (winner of the Bainton Prize for Reference, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2004)

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

- "Roger Chartier and the Fate of Cultural History," French Historical Studies, XXI, 2 (Spring, 1998), 221-240

- "Crisis, Chronology, and the Shape of European Social History," American Historical Review, CXIII, 2 (October 2008), 1031-1052

- "Régime nobiliaire en région avancée:  essai d'un bilan," in Ariane Boltanski and Alain Hugon, eds., La noblesse normande (Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, forthcoming)

- "Politics, culture, and the French aristocracy: the example of Henri de Rohan," in Jörn Leonhard and Christian Wieland, eds., What Makes the Nobility Noble? Comparative Perspectives from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2011)



"Logics of historical understanding:  French, German, and American approaches"

In the first project, I revisit the (very old) problems of the specific nature of historical knowledge, its relationships to the larger field of humanistic knowledge, and its relationships to the social sciences.  I'm doing so through a case study, that of understandings of the French Revolution within different historical traditions.  This project is at a very early stage.

"Rohan's world:  the practice of aristocracy in seventeenth-century France"

My second project is in its concluding stages:  this is a book-length study of the Rohan family in seventeenth-century France.  The Rohan were both great aristocrats and avid participants in early modern politics and culture.  Hence they allow an understanding of how different levels of aristocratic experience interacted in these years.  The project attempts to reconstruct their economic lives, their political values, the ways in which they lived out gender roles, their relations with social inferiors.