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Peter Burke (historian)

Professor Peter Burke in 2009.

Peter Burke (born 1937 in Stanmore, England) is a British historian and professor. He was born to a Roman Catholic father and Jewish mother (who later converted to Roman Catholicism). He was educated by the Jesuits and at St John's College, Oxford and was a doctoral candidate at St Antony's College.

From 1962 to 1979, he was part of the School of European Studies at University of Sussex, before moving to the University of Cambridge, where he holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Cultural History and Fellow of Emmanuel College. Burke is celebrated as a historian not only of the early modern era, but one who emphasizes the relevance of social and cultural history to modern issues. He is married to Brazilian historian Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke.


Among his most important works are:

  • The Italian Renaissance (1972)
  • Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978)
  • Sociology and History (1980)
  • The Renaissance (1987)
  • The French Historical Revolution: The Annales School 1929-89 (1990)
  • History and Social Theory (1991)
  • The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992)
  • The Art of Conversation (1993)
  • Varieties of Cultural history (1997)
  • The European Renaissance: Centres and Peripheries (1998)
  • A Social History of Knowledge (2000)
  • Eyewitnessing (2000)
  • New Perspectives on Historical Writing (2001) (editor and contributor)
  • A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet (2002) (with Asa Briggs)
  • What is Cultural History? (2004)
  • Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004)
  • Cultural Hybridity (2009)
  • A Social History of Knowledge Volume II: From the Encyclopedie to WorldHeritage (2012)

External links

  • Emmanuel College biography
  • Peter Burke interviewed by Alan Macfarlane on 31 July 2004 (film)

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