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Raymond Birn

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  • Title: Professor Emeritus
  • Phone: 541-346-4804
  • Office: 350 McKenzie Hall

Biographical Information

  • Professor Emeritus, European Cultural History, 17th and 18th Centuries.
  • A.B. in 1956 at New York University.
  • M.A. in 1957 at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. 
  • Ph.D. in 1961 at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Publications

  • Pierre Rousseau and the Philosophes of Bouillon (1964).
  • Crisis, Absolutism, Revolution: Europe, 1648-1789 (1977; 2d ed., 1992).
  • The Printed Word in the Eighteenth-Century (as editor of a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies,1984).
  • Forging Rousseau: Print, Commerce and Cultural Manipulation in the Late Enlightenment (2001)
  • Crisis, Absolutism, Revolution: Europe and the World, 1648-1789 (2005).
  • La Censure royale des Livres dans la France des Lumieres (2007).
  • Royal Censorship of Books in Eighteenth-Century France (2012).

Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar, France (1968-69). 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (1976-77), (1987-88).
  • Fellow, Center for the History of Freedom, Washington University (1992).
  • Fellow, Newberry Library (1987-88).
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1992), College de France (2001).

Research

  • Book censorship in 18th-century France.
  • French missions in the South Pacific.