Jonathan Israel Appointed To Faculty Of Institute For Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced the appointment of Jonathan Irvine Israel, a leading historian of early modern Europe, to the faculty of its School of Historical Studies

"Jonathan Israel is noted for the breadth and originality of his work, as well as his brilliant scholarship," commented Phillip A. Griffiths, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. "His appointment will ensure the strong representation in the School of Historical Studies of European history from the Renaissance onward, and we are very pleased to welcome Professor Israel to the Institute."

Israel’s scholarly interests are unusually broad, and his thematic and geographic range extends from Central America to Russia, from Spain and Italy to Scandinavia. His work is at the forefront of European history from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, and includes the history of relations between Europe and Central and South America. Part of Professor Israel’s scholarly work has focused on the Dutch Golden Age (1590-1713), including Dutch commercial and maritime expansion, civic politics in the province of Holland, seventeenth-century Dutch Jewry, and Dutch intellectual development during the second half of the seventeenth century. The author of several major works on various aspects of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as numerous articles, he recently completed Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity (1650-1750), to be published by Oxford University Press in April.

Much, although by no means all, of Professor Israel’s scholarly work has focused on early modern Europe as a formative and, in many ways, decisive phase in the development of modernity and of modern Western civilization. Professor Israel’s extensive archival research has enabled him to re-describe the role of the Dutch in European economic history, to shed new light on the international interconnections of elites in early modern Europe, and to offer a new interpretation of the history of the Jews in early modern Europe.

Professor Israel received his undergraduate education at Queens College, Cambridge, and did his graduate work at Oxford University and the Colegio de M�xico, Mexico City. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1972. Named Sir James Knott Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1970, he moved to the University of Hull in 1972, where he was an Assistant Lecturer and then Lecturer in Early Modern Europe. From 1974-81 he was a Lecturer in Early Modern European History at University College, London, becoming a Reader in Modern History in 1981; in 1984, Israel was appointed Professor of Dutch History and Institutions.

His appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study is effective January 2001.