Professor Peter Burke

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MA (Oxon and Cantab), Hon PhD (Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Lund and Zurich), FBA, Member of the Academia Europaea, FRHistS

Life Fellow
Emeritus Professor of Cultural History

Educated by the Jesuits and at Oxford (St John’s and St Antony’s), Peter Burke taught in the School of European Studies, University of Sussex from 1962 to 1979 as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in History and as Reader in Intellectual History. He moved to Cambridge to become a Lecturer in History and subsequently Reader in and then Professor of Cultural History. In Emmanuel he has served as Librarian and Archivist. He has published 23 books, including 'The Italian Renaissance' (1972), 'Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe' (1978), 'The Fabrication of Louis XIV' (1992), 'The Art of Conversation' (1993), 'A Social History of Knowledge' (2000), 'Eyewitnessing' (2000), 'What is Cultural History?' (2004) and 'Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe' (2004) and has been translated into 28 languages. He is married to a Brazilian historian, Maria Lúcia García Pallares-Burke.