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  • James Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History in the History Department at the University of Delaware

    Francis H. Squire Professor of History
    European Studies Director
    University of Delaware
    237 John Munroe Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    T/R 11-12:30


    ​James M. Brophy specializes in modern European history, particularly the social and political history of nineteenth-century Germany. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and did his graduate training at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen  and Indiana University. He has written Capitalism, Politics, and Railroads in Prussia, 1830-1870 (Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1998) and Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007) as well as co-edited Perspectives from the Past: Sources in Western Civilization (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998; 4th ed., 2008).   He is currently at work on the book-length project, Markets of Knowledge: Publishing and Politics in Central Europe, 1800-1870.



    • Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850. (New Studies in European History.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Paperback, 2009.
    • Capitalism, Politics, and Railroads in Prussia, 1830-1870 (Historical Perspectives on Business Enterprise Series). Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998.

    Edited Volumes

    • Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civilizations. Two volumes. Edited by James M. Brophy et al. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. 1,280 Pp.; 6 th edition, 2016.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • “‘The Modernity of Tradition’: Popular Protest in Nineteenth-Century Germany, “ in Protest, Popular Culture, and Tradition in Modern and Contemporary Western Europe. Edited by Ilaria Favretto and Xabier Itcaina (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Pp. 21-43.
    • “The Second Wave: Franco-German Translation and the Transfer of Political Knowledge, 1815-1850,” in Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens 71 (2016): 83-116.
    • “Der Hessische Landbote and the Landscape of Radical Print, 1830-1834,” in ‘Friede den Hütten, Krieg den Palästen’. Der Hessische Landbote in interdisziplinärer Perspektive. Edited by Markus May, Udo Roth, and Gideon Stiening. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2016. Pp. 67-94.
    • “Grautöne: Verleger und Zensurregime im Mitteleuropa 1800-1850,” Historische Zeitschrift 301/2 (2015): 297-346.
    • “Dimensions transnationales de la culture politique rhénane, 1815-1848,” Revue d’histoire du XIXe siécle 46/1 (2013): 73-93.
    • “The Rhine Crisis of 1840 and German Nationalism: Chauvinism, Skepticism, and Regional Reception,” Journal of Modern History 85 (2013): 1-35.
    • “Preußische Zensur und deutsche Verleger im Vormärz: Der Fall Heinrich Hoff,” in Das literarische Leben des 19. Jahrhunderts im Spiegel der Zensur, eds. Bernd Kortländer and Enno Stahl (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2012), 203-27.





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