REED ST. CLAIR BROWNING
Date of birth: August 26, 1938
Place of birth: New York City
Office Phone: (740)-427‑5642
Home Phone: (740)-427‑3155
Dartmouth College, 1956‑60; A.B., 1960: summa cum laude
Yale University, 1960‑62, 1963‑64; Ph.D., 1965
University of Vienna, 1962‑63
<![if !supportLists]>2005- <![endif]> Roy T. Wortman Distinguished Professor of History
1994- Professor of History (again), Kenyon College
1987-1994 Provost, Kenyon College
1989 (July-Dec.) Acting President, Kenyon College
1986‑1987 Acting Provost, Kenyon College
1976‑Present Professor of History, Kenyon College
1969‑1976 Associate Professor of History, Kenyon College
1967‑1969 Assistant Professor of History, Kenyon College
1965‑1967 Assistant Professor of History, Amherst College
1964‑1965 Instructor in History, Amherst College
1964 Assistant in Instruction, Yale University
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
Survey of European History since 1650
Early Modern Europe, 1500-1815
Survey of American History
History of Britain
European Diplomatic and Military History, 1555-1815
Tudor and Stuart England
The British Empire and Commonwealth
Europe in the Eighteenth Century
History of Ireland
The American Revolution
The Industrial Revolution in Europe
Culture Clash in Colonial North America
Topics in Austrian History
History of the Habsburg Empire
Autobiography and History
Practice and Theory [in History]
Senior Thesis Seminar
The Odyssey of the West (IPHS)
Directed Ph.D. dissertation, Cambridge University, 1978‑80
RECOGNITION OF SUPERIOR TEACHING
Recipient of Senior Trustee Teaching Excellence Award, April 2001
First recipient of the Senior Cup, awarded by the graduating class of Kenyon College for excellence in teaching, 1981
Baccalaureate speaker at Kenyon College, 1973, 1979, 2005 (chosen by graduating class)
The Duke of Newcastle (Yale University Press, 1975).
Political and Constitutional Ideas of the Court Whigs (Louisiana State University Press, 1982).
The War of the Austrian Succession (St. Martin's, 1993). This book was a selection of the History Book Club.
Cy Young: A Baseball Life (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000). This book won the Casey Award from Spitball magazine as the best baseball book of 2000 and was runner-up for the Seymour Medal from SABR for the best baseball book of 2000.
Baseball’s Greatest Season, 1924 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2003). This book was nominated for the Seymour Medal.
"The Duke of Newcastle and the Imperial Election Plan, 1749‑1754," Journal of British Studies 7 (1967): 28‑47.
"The British Orientation of Austrian Foreign Policy, 1749‑1754," Central European History 1 (1968): 299‑323.
"The Duke of Newcastle and the Financing of the Seven Years' War," Journal of Economic History 31 (1971): 344‑77.
"The Duke of Newcastle and the Financial Management of the Seven Years' War in Germany," Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research 49 (1971): 20‑35.
"Cumberland, Newcastle, and the Whigs in 1765," Historical Musings 1 (1971): 44‑48.
"Samuel Squire: Pamphleteering Churchman," Eighteenth-Century Life 5 (1978): 12-20.
"The Origin of Burke's Ideas Revisited," Eighteenth‑Century Studies 18 (1984): 57‑71.
Biographies of Lord Hervey, Samuel Squire, and the Duke of Newcastle for New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
“The Achievement of Jeremy Black,” Archives [UK], fall 2004.
“New Views on the Silesian Wars,” Journal of Military History 69 (April 2005): 521-34.
H. Ulrich Staub, Staatsmann oder Politiker? Die Reprasentanten der englischen Geschichte des 18. Jahrhunderts (1973), in American Historical Review 80 (1975): 973.
Peter Douglas Brown, William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1978), in American Historical Review 84 (1979): 750.
Michael W. McCahill, Order and Equipoise: the Peerage and the House of Lords, 1783‑1806 (1978), in American Historical Review 85 (1980): 124.
Herman Wellenreuther, Repräsentation und Grossgrundbesitz in England, 1720‑1770 (1979), in American Historical Review 85 (1980): 882‑83.
Linda Colley, In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714‑1760 (1982), in Albion 14 (winter 1982): 311‑12.
Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence, vols. 40‑42 (1980), in American Historical Review 87 (1982): 1088‑89.
J.A.W. Gunn, Beyond Liberty and Property: The Process of Self‑Recognition in Eighteenth Century Political Thought (1983), in Review of Politics 46 (1984): 627‑29.
James Walvin, ed., Slavery and British Society, 1776‑1846 (1983), in Historian 47 (1985): 102‑103.
Philip Lawson, George Grenville: A Political Life (1983), in American Historical Review 90 (1985): 677‑78.
Richard Middleton, The Bells of Victory: The Pitt‑Newcastle Ministry and the Conduct of the Seven Years' War, 1757‑1762 (1985), in Albion 18 (1986): 505‑507.
Eveline Cruickshanks and Jeremy Black, eds., The Jacobite Challenge (1988), Albion 21 (1989): 500-501.
Nicholas Rogers, Whigs and Cities: Popular Politics in the Age of Walpole and Pitt (1989), in Historian 53 (1991):803.
Paul Kleber Monod, Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788 (1989), in American Historical Review, 97, (1992), 195.
Jeremy Black, Robert Walpole and the Nature of Politics in Early Eighteenth Century England (1990), in Historian 54 (1992):319-20.
Jenny West, Gunpowder, Government and War in the Mid-Eighteenth Century (1991), in Albion 25 (1993): 324-25.
Robert Harris, A Patriot Press: National Politics and the London Press in the 1740s (1993), in Albion 26 (1994): 161-62.
J. James Reisler, Black Writers/Black Baseball: An Anthology of Articles from Black Sportswriters Who Covered the Negro Leagues (1994), in Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin (spring, 1995): 48.
William Gibson, Church, State and Society, 1760-1850 (1994), in Historian 57 (1995): 635-36.
Christine Gerrard, The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725-1742 (1994), in Albion 27 (1995): 502-504.
"Review Essay: Clio Goes to the Ballpark" [review of Dean A. Sullivan, ed., Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908 (1995); David W. Zang, Fleet Walker's Divided Heart: The Life of Baseball's First Black Major Leaguer (1995); and Jerry Malloy, comp., Sol White's History of Colored Baseball, with Other Documents on the Early Black Game, 1886-1936 (1995)], in The Historian 58 (1996): 385-89.
Linda Frey and Marsha Frey, eds. The Treaties of the War of the Spanish Succession: An Historical and Critical Dictionary (1995), for H-HABSBURG, a division of H-NET (1996). [Copy available on request.]
John Stoye, Marsigli's Europe, 1680-1730: The Life and Times of Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, Soldier and Virtuoso (1994), in Journal of Modern History 68, no. 2 (June 1996): 489-90.
W. M. Elofson, The Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party (1996), in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire 32 (April 1997): 105-106.
Peter D. G. Thomas, John Wilkes: A Friend to Liberty (1996), in Albion 29 (1997): 684-85.
Pamela Scully, Liberating the Family? Gender and British Slave Emancipation in the Rural Western Cape, South Africa, 1823-1853, in Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin 20, mo. 4 (Spring/Summer 1998): 49+.
Peter Whiteley, Lord North: The Prime Minister Who Lost America (1996), in American Historical Review 103 (October 1998): 1248-49.
William I. Hitchcock, France restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe, 1944-1954, in Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin
Jeremy Black, Britain as a Military Power, 1688-1815, in Albion
Robert Burk, More Than a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball since 1921 (2001), in The Historian (2003): 441-42.
Jeremy Black, Eighteenth-Century Britain 1688-1783 (2001), in Albion, vol.34, no. 4 (winter 2002): 653-54.
James N. Giglio, Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man (2001), in The Historian (2003): 1002-1003.
Michael Hochedlinger, Austria’s Wars of Emergence: War, State and Society in the Habsburg Monarchy 1683-1797 (2003), for H-HABSBURG, a division of H-NET (2003). [Copy available on request.]
Enid Robbie, The Forgotten Commissioner: Sir William Mildmay and the Anglo-French Commission of 1750-1755 (2003), in The Historian (2004).
Armstrong Starkey, War in the Age of Enlightenment, 1700-1789 (2003), in The Historian, vol. 67, no. 2 (2005): 373-74.
Note: for many years I reviewed books in eighteenth-century British history and baseball history for Choice.
"Britain in the Age of the American Revolution," presented at the Conference on the Bicentennial, Bowling Green State University, October 1976.
"Sir Robert Walpole: Cicero Redivivus," presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of History, Columbus, April 1978.
"Court Whiggery: The Missing Crux," presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, December 1978.
"The Significance of the War of the Austrian Succession," presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 1982.
"Eighteenth‑Century Political Thought," presented at the Ohio Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Gambier, Ohio, December 1984.
"Handel's London: Where Iron Swims and Feathers Sink," Symposium on Handel's Messiah, sponsored by Columbus Pro Musica, March 1989.
"The Noble Dream and the Dreamy Noble," Common Hour talk at Kenyon, Gambier, Ohio, December 1991.
"Austria in the War of the Austrian Succession," Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Columbus, Ohio, November 1995.
"The Myth of the Lively Ball: An Exploration into Baseball History," Common Hour Talk at Kenyon, Gambier, Ohio, March 1996.
"Who Was Cy Young?," Common Hour talk at Kenyon, November 2, 1996.
"The British Labor Party in World Affairs: Past Practice and Present Prospects," presented to Cleveland Council on World Affairs, The John Hay Forum, The English Speaking Union, and Kenyon Regional Association of Cleveland, at The City Club, Cleveland, November 1, 1996; repeated at Common Hour at Kenyon, April 3, 1997
"The British General Election of 1997," to Kenyon Today gathering, May 2, 1997, at Kenyon.
"Aix-la-Chapelle: A Forgotten Treaty," at Common Hour, Kenyon College, November 3, 1998.
“The Achievement of Jeremy Black,” at Common Hour, Kenyon College, November 13, 2002
“New Views of the Silesian Wars,” at Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington D.C., January 2004
"Louisville's Left‑Out Slugger," Courier‑Journal & Times Magazine, March 7, 1976: 13‑16.
"The All‑Time All‑Ohio All‑Star Team," Sunday Plain‑Dealer Magazine, April 17, 1977: 34‑39.
"A Pitch for Good Music," The New York Times, May 2, 1979: Op‑Ed page.
"These Numbers Don't Lie," Sports Illustrated, April 7, 1980: 70‑73.
"The Condition of Major League Baseball ‑ A Talk with Ray Grebey, '49," Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, spring 1980: 16‑17.
“If I Were Czar of Baseball,” Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, 22:3 (fall/winter, 2000-01): 76-77.
“How to Hire Conservative Faculty Members,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2004: B14.
OTHER LECTURES AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Discussion of the life of Cy Young, on WMVO ("Kilkenny in the Morning" show), October 14, 1996.
Talk on baseball in 1924, Gahanna PublicLibrary, March 10, 2004
Interview (about Baseball’s Greatest Season, 1924) on WERE (Cleveland), March 25, 2004
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS FROM
Fulbright Commission (Austria), 1962‑63
American Philosophical Society (United States), 1968
National Endowment for the Humanities (United Kingdom), 1969
American Council of Learned Societies (United Kingdom), 1975
National Endowment for the Humanities (Austria and the United Kingdom), 1984
Fulbright Commission (Western Europe), 1985‑86 - declined.
National Endowment for the Humanities (Director of Summer
Seminar for Secondary School Teachers), 1986
Kenyon College (Faculty Development Grant), 1968-69, 1972-73, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1996-97, 2001 (before 1996-97 the years are approximate)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Member, Jacob Javits Fellowship Board, 1985‑86
Advisory Editor for British History, Eighteenth‑Century Studies, 1985‑87
Scholar‑Consultant for Medieval and Modern Europe (England), Books for College Libraries, 3rd edition (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989).
Member, Ohio Academy of History
Member, Society for American Baseball Research
Member, The Historical Society
ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES AND COLLEGIATE CITIZENSHIP
Coordinator of Kenyon Seminar, 2002-
Coordinator of European History, SCAP, 1998-2001
Provost, Kenyon College, 1986-94
Acting President, June through December, 1989.
Chair of Department of History, 1972‑73, 1979‑1986.
Director and Coordinator of SCAP, 1980‑1985.
Chair of Committee on Religious Life, 1984‑85.
Chair of the Post‑Graduate Opportunities Committee, 1979‑80.
Co‑Organizer of Faculty Summer Seminar, 1977.
Chair of Academic Advising Committee, 1976‑78.
Chair of Faculty Council, 1973‑74.
Chair of Campus Senate, 1971‑72.
Chair of the Social Science Division, 1970‑71.