June 2005




                                                            REED ST. CLAIR BROWNING


                                                                    KENYON COLLEGE


                                                                  CURRICULUM VITAE





Date of birth:   August 26, 1938

Place of birth:  New York City

Citizenship:     American

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




2005-                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




Eighteenth‑century Britain   

Eighteenth‑century Europe

Baseball History




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

Georgian Britain

Victorian Britain

Twentieth‑Century Britain

The British Empire and Commonwealth

Europe in the Eighteenth Century

History of Ireland

The American Revolution

The Industrial Revolution in Europe

Colonial America

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   




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.




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




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)




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




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.