George Burton Adams Biography

George Burton Adams (June 3, 1851–May 26, 1925) a distinguished medievalist, played crucial roles in the establishment of the American Historical Review and a history department at Yale University (where he taught from 1888 to 1925). His most important works included Civilization during the Middle Ages (1894), Growth of the French Nation (1896), and Constitutional History of England (1921). He was also noted for the address above, particularly the defense of the profession against the encroachment of the social sciences, which was subsequently challenged by James Harvey Robinson and others.


Mediæval civilization. By George Burton Adams. New York, D. Appleton and company, 1883.

The history of the middle ages. New York, H. Holt and company, 1891

Civilization during the middle ages, especially in relation to modern civilization. By George Burton Adams. New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1894.

Why Americans dislike England. Philadelphia, H. Altemus, c1896. The origin and results of the imperial federation movement in England. By George Burton Adams. Madison, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1899.

European history: an outline of its development. By George Burton Adams; with maps and illustrations. New York ; London: The Macmillan Company, 1899.

The British empire and a league of peace, together with an analysis of federal government, its function and its method. By George Burton Adams. New York and London, G. P. Putnam's sons, 1919.

Constitutional history of England. By George Burton Adams. New York, H. Holt, 1921.

The origin of the English constitution. By George Burton Adams. Enlarged ed. New Haven: Yale University Press; London : H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931; Reprint, Beard Books, December 2001.

The history of England, from the Norman Conquest to the death of John, 1066-1216. New York, Greenwood Press, 1969, 1905.