Robin Winks

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Robin W. Winks
Robin W. Winks (1930-2003)
Robin W. Winks (1930-2003)
Born (1930-12-05)December 5, 1930
Died April 7, 2003(2003-04-07) (aged 72)
New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality American
Subject history
Spouse Avril (Flockton) Winks (m. 1952)

Robin W. Winks (December 5, 1930 in Indiana – April 7, 2003 in New Haven, Connecticut) was an American academic, historian, diplomat, and writer on the subject of fiction, especially detective novels.[1] After joining the faculty of Yale University in 1957, he rose in 1996-1999 to become the Randolph Townsend Professor of History and Master of Berkeley College. At Oxford University he served as George Eastman Professor[2] in 1992-3, and as Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History in 1999-2000.


Born in Indiana in 1930, Winks graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado in 1952. As a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand he earned a master's degree in Maori studies from Victoria University before returning to the University of Colorado to earn a second master's degree in ethnography. He then earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1957 with a dissertation on Canadian and American relations. After a year of teaching at Connecticut College, he joined the faculty at Yale in 1957, where he remained for the rest of his career. He held visiting lectureships and conducted research at universities around the nation and the world, including in Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Middle East. He was on leave 1969-71 to serve as U.S. Cultural Attache to the American Embassy in London, and was a regular adviser to various governmental agencies.

Winks was a Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Society of American Historians, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a member of both the Athenaeum Club and Special Forces Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Smith-Mundt Fellow, a Stimson Grant winner, and was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1989 he won the Donner Medal from the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.

Winks held offices and committee chairmanships in the American Historical Association, the Canadian Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians et al. He was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nebraska.

Winks died in 2003 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Robin Winks, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 180 works in 460 publications in 6 languages and 24,000+ library holdings.[3]

  • Recent Trends and New Literature in Canadian History; 5 editions published between 1959 and 1967 in English and held by 525 libraries worldwide
  • Canada and the United States: The Civil War Years (McGill-Queen's Press, 1960); 6 editions published between 1960 and 1998 in English and held by 895 libraries worldwide read online
  • British Imperialism: Gold, God, Glory; 5 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in English and held by 929 libraries worldwide search online
  • The Historiography of the British Empire–Commonwealth: Trends, Interpretations and Resources; 2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 739 libraries worldwide
  • Malaysia: Selected Historical Readings (with John Bastin) (Oxford University Press, 1966) search online
  • The Age of Imperialism (Prentice-Hall, 1969); 2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 855 libraries worldwide search online
  • The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (New York: Harper & Row, 1969); 1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1,616 libraries worldwide search online
  • Pastmasters: Some Essays on American Historians (with Marcus Cunliffe) (New York: Harper & Row, 1969) search online
  • The Myth of the American Frontier: Its Relevance to America, Canada and Australia (Leicester University Press, 1971) search online
  • The Blacks in Canada: A History (McGill-Queen's Press, 1971); 12 editions published between 1971 and 2004 in English and held by 1,055 libraries worldwide read online
  • Slavery: a Comparative Perspective; Readings on Slavery from Ancient Times to the Present; 1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
  • An American's Guide to Britain; 5 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and held by 512 libraries worldwide
  • Other Voices, Other Views: An International Collection of Essays from the Bicentennial (Greenwood Press, 1978) search online
  • The Relevance of Canadian History: U.S. and Imperial perspectives ' (Macmillan of Canada: 1979) search online
  • The American Identity: Fusion and Fragmentation (ed. Robin W. Winks, Sacvan Bercovitch, and Rob Kroes) (University of Amsterdam, 1980) search online
  • Detective Fiction: A Collection of Critical Essays (Prentice-Hall, 1980); 4 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in English and held by 879 libraries worldwide search online
  • Modus Operandi: An Excursion into Detective Fiction' (Boston: D.R. Godine, 1981); 3 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide search online read online
  • Colloquium on Crime: Eleven Renowned Mystery Writers Discuss their Work; 1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 590 libraries worldwide search online
  • The Lily and the Lion: Royal France, Great Britain (with Philip Mansel) (Boston Publishing Company, 1987) search online
  • Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939–1961 (Yale University Press: 1987); 8 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 1,231 libraries worldwide read online
  • A History of Civilization (Prentice-Hall, 1988) search online
  • Asia in Western Fiction (with James R. Rush) (University of Hawaii Press, 1990) search online
  • Frederick Billings: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1991); 3 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 libraries worldwide search online
  • Asia in Western Fiction (with James R. Rush); 6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 568 libraries worldwide
  • The Historiography of the British Empire-Commonwealth: Trends, Interpretations, and Resources (Aldershot: Gregg Revivals, 1995) search online
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation; 4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 407 libraries worldwide
  • Mystery and Suspense Writers: the Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1998); 2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,175 libraries worldwide search online
  • Europe, Crisis and Conflict: 1890–1945 (with R.J.Q. Adams) (Oxford University Press, 2003)[4] [1] A reviewer describes this work as follows: "The first half of the 20th century was of one of the most turbulent periods in Europe's history. While social theorists challenged orthodox ways of thinking about the establishment of a 'good society,' scientists offered up new visions of the workings of the universe. . . . change and controversy reigned in the worlds of art and culture. The chaos of world politics ushered in the two great wars, which would forever alter Europe's position in the world. [The book] offers a concise, accessible overview of this tumultuous time period. . . . Topics covered include the rise of modernism in the arts, Social Darwinism and its effects on theories of race, the making of 'national' identities, the origins of the modern ecology movement, and the changing roles of women . . . [Adams and Winks] thoroughly analyze the causes and effects of the two great wars, while reaching beyond Europe to discuss the events [elsewhere] . . .[4]
  • The Ancient Mediterranean World: From the Stone Age to A.D. 600 (with Susan P. Mattern) (Oxford University Press, 2004) [2]
  • Europe, 1648-1815: From the Old Regime to the Age of Revolution (with Thomas E. Kaiser) (Oxford University Press, 2004) [3]
  • Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500 (with Teofilo F. Ruiz)) (Oxford University Press, 2005)


  • Europe and the Making of Modernity: 1815-1914 (with Joan Neuberger) (Oxford University Press, 2005) [5]


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Archival records[edit]

  • C. Vann Woodward papers, 1804–2000. Yale University
  • Robin William Winks papers, 1950–2001. Yale University
  • Records of the Bicentennial Committee for International Conferences of Americanists, 1973–1977 by Bicentennial Committee for International Conferences of Americanists.
  • Records of the United States Bicentennial Committee, Yale University, 1970–1977. Yale University

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