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James Sheehan

Jim Sheehan, '58, lectures on historic changes in European society, culture and politics. He is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities and professor emeritus of history at Stanford University. He is particularly interested in social and economic conditions that occurred in the 20th century. His research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century European history and on the relationship between ideas and social and economic conditions in modern Europe. His most recent book, Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, examines the decline of military institutions in Europe since 1945. He is now writing a book about the rise of European states in the modern era. 

"Jim Sheehan is always a thoughtful, well-researched historian with the ability to make the mundane relevant to our understanding of the regions we visit. I'd go anywhere with him!"

Katharine Menhennet, '58, Venice & the Veneto by Barge, 2016


  • Professor emeritus, History, Stanford University
  • Senior Fellow, by courtesy, Freeman-Spogli Institute for Interational Studies, Stanford University

  • Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe, 2008

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 1993
  • Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University, 1993
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2000-2001
Academic History:

  • BA, Stanford University, 1958
  • MA and PhD, UC-Berkeley, 1964

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