Steven Pincus

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Steven Pincus is a Bradford Durfee Professor of History at Yale University, where he specializes in 17th- and 18th-century British and European history. He is also the Chair of Yale's Council on European Studies.

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.

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Selected Works[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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