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Peter Burke (born 1937) is a British historian. He was educated by the Jesuits and at St John's College, Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. From 1962 to 1979 he was part of the School of European Studies at Sussex University, before moving to the University of Cambridge where he still holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Cultural History and Fellow of Emmanuel College. Burke is celebrated as a historian not only of the early modern era, but one who emphasizes the relevance of social and cultural history to present-day issues. He is married to the Brazilian historian Maria Lúcia García Pallare.

Among his most important works are:

  • The Italian Renaissance (1972)
  • Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978)
  • The Renaissance (1987)
  • History and Social Theory (1991)
  • Varieties of cultural history (1997)
  • New perspectives on historical writing (2001) (editor and contributor)
  • The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992)
  • The Art of Conversation (1993)
  • A Social History of Knowledge (2000)
  • The European Renaissance: Centres and Peripheries (1998)
  • Eyewitnessing (2000)
  • What is Cultural History? (2004)
  • Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004)




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