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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, did graduate training at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, and took his Ph.D. from 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; 7th ed., 2020). He is currently at work on Print Circuits and Political Dissent: Publishers in Central Europe, 1800-1870 (under contract with Oxford University Press).
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.
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.
“‘Das gelobte Land’? Friedrich Engels, die Vereinigten Staaten und die Zukunft des Kapitalismus,” Friedrich Engels. Das rot-schwarze Chamäleon. Edited by Eberhard IIner, Hans Frambach, and Norbert Koubek. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2020. Pp. 189-215.
“Bismarckian Germany: State Structure and Political Culture” in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Politics, Culture, and Society, 1780-1918. Edited by John Breuilly. London: Bloomsbury, 2019. Pp. 143-68.
“New Words for a Restored Order: Publishers and Politics in Central Europe,” in A History of the European Restorations. Volume Two: Culture, Society and Religion. Edited by Michael Broers and Ambrogio Caiana. London: Bloomsbury, 2019. Pp. 141-56.
“Bookshops, Forbidden Print, and Urban Political Culture in Central Europe, 1800-1850,” German History 35 (2017): 403-30.
“‘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.
“Die Rezeption Daniel O'Connells und der katholischen Emanzipationsbewegung im vormärzlichen Deutschland,” Marx-Engels Jahbucrh 2011: 74-93.
“Which Political Nation? Soft Borders and Popular Nationhood in the Rhenish Borderlands, 1800-1849,” in Nationhood from Below: Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Marnix Beyen and Maarten Van Ginderachter (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2012), 162-189.
“The End of the Economic Old Order: The Great Transition, 1750-1860,” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, ed. Helmut Walser Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 169-94.
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