David Blackbourn
David Gordon Blackbourn is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University
Harvard University
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 and director of the university's Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies. Blackbourn teaches and researches primarily in the fields of German and modern European history. He is on the editorial board of the journal Past & Present
Past & Present
Past & Present is a British historical academic journal, which was a leading force in the development of social history. It was founded in 1952 by a combination of Marxist and non-Marxist historians. The Marxist historians included members of the Communist Party Historians Group, including E. P...

; the academic advisory board of the Institute for European History
Institute for European History
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, Mainz; and the advisory board of the Friends of the German Historical Institute, Washington. He was chair of the Harvard History Department in 1998–1999 and 2000–2002, and was president of the Conference Group on Central European History of the American Historical Association
American Historical Association
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 in 2003–2004.

After completing his dissertation at Jesus College
Jesus College, Cambridge
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, Cambridge
University of Cambridge
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, Blackbourn became a lecturer at Queen Mary College
Queen Mary, University of London
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 in 1976 before joining the faculty of Birkbeck College in 1979. In 1992 he moved to the U.S. becoming a professor at Harvard. He was award a Guggenheim Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowship
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 in 1994. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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  • Class, Religion, and Local Politics in Wilhelmine Germany (1980)
  • The Peculiarities of German History (with G. Eley, 1984)
  • Populists and Patricians (1987)
  • The German Bourgeoisie (co-edited with R. Evans, 1991)
  • Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany (1994)
  • The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780–1918 (1997)
  • The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany (2006).

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