Position

AHA President, 1981

Institution

Harvard University

Read In Memoriam in Perspectives, October 2020

Bernard Bailyn received his PhD from Harvard in 1953, where he has taught since 1949. His most noted works include The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967), which won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes, The Origins of American Politics (1968); The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (1974), which won the National Book Award, The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction (1986); and Voyagers to the West (1986), which won another Pulitzer Prize. Bailyn’s work transformed the study of the early American history and the American Revolution by placing new emphasis on the role of ideology and “republican” ideas in the thinking of the leaders of the American Revolution.

 

Bibliography

The New England merchants in the seventeenth century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955.

Massachusetts shipping, 1697-1714; a statistical study, Cambridge; Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1959.

The ideological origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967; Reprint, Birmingham, Ala.: Palladium Press, 2001.

The origins of American politics. New York: Knopf, 1968.

The intellectual migration; Europe and America, 1930-1960, edited by Donald Fleming and Bernard Bailyn. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.

Education in the forming of American society: needs and opportunities for study. New York: Norton, 1972, 1960.

The ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1974.

The Great republic: a history of the American people, Bernard Bailyn … [et al.]. Boston: Little, Brown, 1977.

The Press & the American Revolution, edited by Bernard Bailyn and John B. Hench; with a foreword by Marcus A. McCorison; and an afterword by James Russell Wiggins. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1980.

History and the creative imagination, by Bernard Bailyn. St. Louis, Mo.: Washington University, 1985.

Voyagers to the West: a passage in the peopling of America on the eve of the Revolution, Bernard Bailyn, with the assistance of Barbara DeWolfe. 1st ed. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1986.

The peopling of British North America: an introduction, by Bernard Bailyn. 1st ed. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1986.

From Protestant peasants to Jewish intellectuals: the Germans in the peopling of America, by Bernard Bailyn. Causes and consequences of the German catastrophe. Heinrich August Winkler. Oxford; New York: Berg for the German Historical Institute, 1988.

Voyagers to the West: a passage in the peopling of America on the eve of the Revolution, by Bernard Bailyn with the assistance of Barbara DeWolfe. New York: Vintage Books, 1988, 1986.

Faces of revolution: personalities and themes in the struggle for American independence, by Bernard Bailyn. 1st ed. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1990.

On the teaching and writing of history: responses to a series of questions, Bernard Bailyn; edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Hanover, N.H.: Montgomery Endowment, Dartmouth College, 1994.

The Federalist papers, Bernard Bailyn. Washington: Library of Congress, 1998.

To begin the world anew: the genius and ambiguities of the American founders, by Bernard Bailyn. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2003.