Professor Emeritus

Peter Paret

School of Historical Studies
Modern European History
Affiliation
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Modern European History
Home Institution
Institute for Advanced Study

Peter Paret is a cultural and intellectual historian with particular interest in the modern historiography of war, the interaction of war and society since the eighteenth century, and the relationship of art, society, and politics. He has published two books on contemporary military theory, Guerrillas in the 1960s (with John W. Shy, 1961), and French Revolutionary Warfare from Indochina to Algeria (1964); a study of military innovation, Yorck and the Era of Prussian Reform (1966); a biography, Clausewitz and the State (1976); a study of the clash of tradition and innovation in Napoleonic warfare, The Cognitive Challenge of War (2009); two books on conflict over modernism in modern art, The Berlin Secession (1980) and An Artist against the Third Reich (2003); as well as Art as History: Episodes in the Culture and History of Nineteenth-Century Germany (1988), Imagined Battles: Reflections of War in European Art (1997), and two volumes of essays. He has also edited or coedited ten volumes. His most recent books are Myth and Modernity: Ernst Barlach’s Drawings on the Nibelungen (2012), written with Helga Thieme, which discusses a modern interpretation of a medieval myth as a document of German history in the 1920s and ’30s, and Clausewitz and His Time (2014), essays in the cultural and intellectual history of thinking about war, an expanded version of which is currently being translated for publication in Germany in 2017.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus: Historical Studies

9/1997current

Faculty: Historical Studies

9/19868/1997

Member: Historical Studies

9/19666/1967
Degrees
University of London D.Litt., 1990
University of London Ph.D., 1960
University of California, Berkeley B.A., 1949
Honors
Appointments: University of Cambridge, Lees Knowles Lecturer 2008; American Philosophical Society, Member of Council 1991–97; London School of Economics and Political Science, Honorary Fellow 1990
Awards: Federal Republic of Germany, Order of Merit, Great Cross 2013, Cross 2000; The Historical Society, Jack Miller Center Prize 2010; American Philosophical Society, Thomas Jefferson Medal 1993; The Society for Military History, Samuel Eliot Morison Prize 1993, Moncado Prize 1970
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society
Appointments
Stanford University 1969–1986 Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History 1977–86, Professor 1969–77
University of California, Davis 1962–1969 Professor 1966–69, Associate Professor 1963–66, Visiting Assistant Professor 1962–63
Center of International Studies, Princeton University 1960–1962 Research Associate