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Peter Sahlins

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Name  Peter Sahlins

Role  Historian
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Education  Princeton University (1980–1986)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Books  Boundaries, Unnaturally French, Forest rites, Frontieres et identites nationale

Peter Sahlins (born April 26, 1957) is an American historian of France and Europe. He is Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, where he specializes in early modern France. From 2006 to 2008 he was on leave at the Social Science Research Council as its Director of Academic Programs, where he directed the major fellowships programs and led a new environmental programming initiative.



Professor Sahlins completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in 1979. In 1986 he obtained his doctorate in history from Princeton University. Afterwards he taught at Columbia University and Yale University before joining the history department at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, where he has served widely on university and professional committees, was executive director of the France-Berkeley Fund(1994-2002) and founding director of the University of California’s Paris Study Center and its constituent international programs. He returned to Berkeley.


The interests that form the bulk of Peter Sahlins’ work include the social and legal history of early modern France and Europe. He has written on a range of topics, including the formation of national identities and frontiers (Boundaries: the Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees, UC Press, 1989); forest governance, peasant culture and protest in the nineteenth century (The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France, Harvard University Press, 1994); state-building and immigration in seventeenth-century France (with Jean-Francois Dubost, Et si on faisait payer les etrangers? Louis XIV, les immigres, et quelques autres, Flammarion, 1999); and most recently, on the premodern history of nationality law (Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After, Cornell University Press, 2004).


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