Peter Baldwin (professor)

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Peter Baldwin (born December 22, 1956)[1] is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a philanthropist. He was educated at Harvard and Yale[when?]. He has written several books about Europe.


A study of the state of trans-Atlantic relations between the United States and Europe from Oxford University Press was published in late 2009, entitled The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike.[2] In 2014 he published The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle.[3]


Baldwin with his wife Lisbet Rausing

Baldwin co-founded the Arcadia Fund[4] in 2001 with his wife Lisbet Rausing. As of March 2020, the Fund has made grant commitments of over $678 million to charities and scholarly institutions globally that preserve cultural heritage and the environment and promote open access.[5] Arcadia-funded projects include the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS,[6] the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library[7] and Fauna & Flora International's Halcyon Land and Sea fund. Baldwin and Rausing are listed as one of the biggest benefactors to the Wikimedia Foundation[8] and donated $5 million to the Wikimedia endowment in 2017[9] after joining its advisory board.[10]

Rausing and Baldwin founded Lund Trust. Since 2002 Lund Trust has given more than $66.6 million to charities in the UK and internationally.


  • The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • Reworking the Past: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians' Debate, edited with an introduction (Beacon Press, 1990)
  • Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (University of California Press, Berkeley, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, 2005)
  • The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • Command and Persuade: Crime, Law, and the State across History (MIT Press 2021)
  • First Wave: Why the Coronavirus was tackled so differently across the globe (Cambridge University Press, 2021)


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ "Faculty—History: Peter Baldwin". University of California. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ Baldwin, Peter (17 May 2016). "The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle". ISBN 9780691169095.
  4. ^ Archived 2010-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "That Page Was Not Found". Archived from the original on 2012-11-07.
  6. ^ Retrieved 4 December 2015. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Archived 2017-09-11 at the Wayback Machine accessed 4 December 2015
  8. ^ Wikipedia 15 Contributors Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  9. ^ wmf:Resolution:Approval of Endowment funding (Fiscal Year 2016-2017) and matching $5 million gift from Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing
  10. ^ "Peter Baldwin, professor and philanthropist, is appointed to the Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board". 2016-09-09.

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