James J. Sheehan

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James J. Sheehan (2014)

James John Sheehan (born May 31, 1937 in San Francisco ) is an American historian who is particularly concerned with modern European history . He is one of the leading historians of Germany in the USA and was President of the American Historical Association (2005).


Sheehan graduated from Stanford University , which he graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The following year, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley the Master of Arts and was the same location in 1964 Doctor of Philosophy PhD . He then taught as an assistant professor at Northwestern University before being called back to Stanford in 1979 to succeed Gordon A. Craig . He has been Dickason Professor in the Humanities since 1986 and Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies since 2000 .

Sheehan's work focuses on modern German and European history, including German liberalism , the German Reich and the history of European unification . He is the author of numerous articles and books.

Sheehan is married to Margaret L. Anderson, a historian at the University of California, Berkeley.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1985–86
  • Member of the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, 1989–90
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , since 1992
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1992–93
  • Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 1995–96
  • Corresponding member of the Royal Historical Society
  • Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1998
  • Guggenheim Fellow , 2000–2001
  • Berlin Prize Fellow, American Academy in Berlin, 2001
  • Member of the American Philosophical Society , 2001
  • The Paul Davies Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, since 2003
  • President of the American Historical Association , 2005
  • Pour le Mérite (Peace Class), 2006
  • Large Cross of Merit with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2009


  • The Career of Lujo Brentano: A Study of Liberalism and Social Reform in Imperial Germany , Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1966.
  • German Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century , Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1978.
  • German History, 1770–1866 , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe , Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008.
  • With Andreas W. Daum and Hartmut Lehmann (eds.): The Second Generation: Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians . Berghahn Books, New York 2016, ISBN 978-1-78238-985-9 .

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Individual evidence

  1. CV James J. Sheehan. (PDF; 141 kB) (No longer available online.) Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, archived from the original on June 11, 2007 ; accessed on October 20, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / iis-db.stanford.edu
  2. ^ Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Europeans Are From Venus. In: The New York Times. February 10, 2008, accessed October 20, 2013 .