Jonathan Israel

Jonathan Israel
Modern European History
Professor
School of Historical
Studies

Jonathan Israel’s work is concerned with European and European colonial history from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. His recent work focuses on the impact of radical thought (especially Spinoza, Bayle, Diderot, and the eighteenth-century French materialists) on the Enlightenment and on the emergence of modern ideas of democracy, equality, toleration, freedom of the press, and individual freedom. His books include European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550–1750 (1985); The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall, 1477–1806 (1995); Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650–1750 (2001); Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670–1752 (2006); and A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy (2009).

University of Oxford, D.Phil. 1972; University of Hull, Assistant Lecturer 1972–73, Lecturer 1973–74; University College London, Lecturer 1974–81, Reader 1981–85, Professor 1985–2000; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 2001–; British Academy, Fellow; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Corresponding Fellow; Wolfson Literary Award for History 1986; American Historical Association, Leo Gershoy Award 2001; Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion 2004; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize in History 2008; London Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Benjamin Franklin Medal 2010; City of Amsterdam, Frans Banninck Cocq Medal 2012

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