James D. Hardy, Jr.

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James D. Hardy, Jr. is the former Associate Dean of the Louisiana State University Honors College and a Professor of History at LSU since 1965. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hardy's specialty is early modern European history, but he has published works in varying fields from Geopolitics to the history of Baseball.

Hardy teaches Western Civilization, Constitutional Law, and Geopolitics at LSU. Hardy's father, James D. Hardy, Sr., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins; physics), was a distinguished professor and researcher at Yale.

Hardy's three laws of life are 1. To live is to suffer. 2. In matters of importance, there are no answers, only questions. 3. If there were an answer, love would be the only answer.

Hardy also subscribes to Godfrey's law, from James Logan Godfrey: "In history, everything comes from everything."



  • Baseball and the Mythic Moment: How We Remember the National Game (McFarland & Co., 2006)
  • The New York Giants Base Ball Club: The Growth of a Team and a Sport, 1870 to 1900 (McFarland & Co., 2006)
  • Milton and the Hermeneutic Journey (LSU Press, 1994)
  • Interpreting Nikolai Gogol Within Russian Orthodoxy: A Neglected Influence on the First Great Russian (Ewdin Mellen, 2006)
  • Age of Iron: English Renaissance Tropologies of Love and Power (LSU Press)
  • Prologue to Modernity: early modern Europe (John Wiley & Sons, New York)
  • Judicial Politics in the Old Regime: the Parlement of Paris during the Regency (LSU Press, 1967)
  • The Western World: the development of modern civilization (Random House, 1974)

Recent Articles[edit]

  • War, Peace and Oil in Iraq (with Leonard Hochberg, Ph.D.) New Mexico Independent Research Institute
  • Creating Democracy in Iraq? (with Leonard Hochberg, Ph.D.) New Mexico Independent Research Institute
  • Palestinian Community (with Leonard Hochberg, Ph.D.) New Mexico Independent Research Institute


  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Signet Book, 1999)