Jonathan S. Dewald


Jonathan S. Dewald.

Jonathan S. Dewald


Jonathan S. Dewald



Early Modern European History; History of France; Intellectual History; Political History


  • PhD, California, Berkeley, 1974
  • MA, California, Berkeley, 1969
  • BA, Swarthmore, 1968

Courses Regularly Taught

World Civilizations I
The Ancient Regime
European Intellectual History
Graduate seminars on Early Modern Europe and on European Cultural History

Research Interests

France; social and cultural history of early modern Europe

Current Research

Historians and their days: historical knowledge in times of crisis

Selected Publications

The Formation of a Provincial Nobility: The Magistrates of the Parlement of Rouen, 1499-1610 (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1980)

Pont-St-Pierre, 1398-1789: Lordship, Community, and Capitalism in Early Modern France (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1987)

Aristocratic Experience and the Origins of Modern Culture: France, 1570-1715 (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1993)

The European Nobility, 1400-1800 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996)

(editor-in-chief), Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6 vols. (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004)

Lost Worlds:  The Emergence of French Social History, 1815-1970 (University Park, Penn State University Press, 2006)

Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715 (University Park, Penn State University Press, 2015)


  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1986-1987
  • Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association, for "the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century European history," 1994
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Study Grant, January-February, 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Geschichte, Goettingen, January-February, 1998
  • Bainton Prize for Reference, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2004
  • Guest Fellowship, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, May-June, 2011