Steven Pincus

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Steven Pincus is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of British History at the University of Chicago, where he specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British and European history.

Education and career[edit]

In 1990, Pincus received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is a prominent scholar of Early Modern British history,[1] and his work has focused on the 17th century, in particular the Glorious Revolution and English foreign policy. His book 1688: The First Modern Revolution has been praised as providing "a new understanding of the origins of the modern, liberal state."[2] The Economist named it as one of the best books on history published in 2009.[3] Professor Mark Knights called it "brilliant and provocative," for Pincus argues the revolution of 1688 was the first modern revolution. 1688 was violent and divisive; it represented not a coup or invasion but a popular rejection of the king's absolutist modernisation based on the French Catholic model. The Revolution, Pincus argues, expressed an Anglo-Dutch emphasis on consent of the governed, toleration of different forms of Protestantism, free debate and free commerce.[4]

In March 2010 he delivered the Sir John Neale lecture at University College, London. He was in Oxford for the 2010-2011 academic year working on the origins of the British Empire.

Titles and positions[edit]

Selected works[edit]

  • "Popery, Trade and Universal Monarchy: the ideological context of the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Dutch War." English Historical Review(1992): 1-29. in JSTOR
  • "Republicanism, Absolutism, and Universal Monarchy: English Popular Sentiment During the Third Dutch War." in Culture and Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama, History, ed. Gerald MacLean (Cambridge, 1995) (1995): 258-9.
  • "'Coffee Politicians Does Create': Coffeehouses and Restoration Political Culture," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 67, No. 4, December 1995.
  • "From butterboxes to wooden shoes: the shift in English popular sentiment from anti-Dutch to anti-French in the 1670s." The Historical Journal 38.2 (1995): 333-361.
  • "The English debate over universal monarchy." A union for empire: political thought and the British Union of 1707 (1995): 37-62.
  • "‘To protect English liberties’: The English Nationalist Revolution of 1688-1689." in Protestantism and national identity: Britain and Ireland (1998): 75-104.
  • "The Making of a Great Power? Universal Monarchy, Political Economy, and the Transformation of English Political Culture." The European Legacy 5.4 (2000): 531-545.
  • with James A. Robinson. "What really happened during the glorious revolution?" No. w17206. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2011. online
  • Pincus, Steven. "A Fight for the Future." History Today 59.10 (2009): 10+

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How England Became Modern - A Revolutionary View". The New York Review of Books. 19 November 2009. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  2. ^ "England's Revolution". The Economist. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Books of the Year: Page-turners". The Economist. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  4. ^ Mark Knights, review of 1688: The First Modern Revolution, (review no. 884) online; Date accessed: 2 July 2012

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