James Harvey Robinson

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James Harvey Robinson

James Harvey Robinson (June 29, 1863 – February 16, 1936) was an American historian.


Robinson was born Bloomington, Illinois. He taught history at the University of Pennsylvania (1891–95) and Columbia University (1895–1919), becoming a full professor in 1895.

Following a series of faculty departures from Columbia in disputes about academic freedom, including that of his friend Charles A. Beard, Robinson resigned from Columbia in May 1919[1] to become one of the founders of the New School for Social Research and serve as its first director.

Robinson died in New York City.

New history[edit]

Through his writings and lectures, in which he stressed the "new history"—the social, scientific, and intellectual progress of humanity rather than merely political happenings—he exerted an important influence on the study and teaching of history. An editor (1892–95) of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, he was also an associate editor (1912–20) of the American Historical Review and president in 1929 of the American Historical Association.


  • Petrarch,The First Modern Scholar and Man of Letters, New York: G.P. Putman, 1898
  • An Introduction to the History of Western Europe, 1902
  • The New History: Essays Illustrating the Modern Historical Outlook. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1912.
  • Outlines of European History (with J. H. Breasted and C. A. Beard) 1914
  • History of Europe: Our Own Times (with Charles A. Beard) Boston: Ginn and Co., 1921
  • The Mind in the Making: The Relation of Intelligence to Social Reform, 1921
  • The Humanizing of Knowledge, New York: George H. Doran Co., 1923
  • The Ordeal of Civilization, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1926 (reissued as The Story of Our Civilization)
  • Civilization, London and New York: Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 1929
  • The Story of Our Civilization, New York: William H. Wise & Co., 1934 (formerly entitled The Ordeal of Civilization)
  • The Human Comedy: As Devised and Directed by Mankind Itself, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937
  • "History of Western Europe" Ginn & Company 1902 1903


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