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Charles S. Maier

Distinguished Scholar


    January 1, 2011 — June 1, 2011

    Professional affiliation

    Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Once Within Borders: History and Territory Since 1500"

    Full Biography

    Charles S. Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University.  He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1960 and 1967 respectively, with an interim year of study at St. Antony's College, Oxford.  Among his books are Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975), The Unmasterable Past:  History, Holocaust, and German National identity (1988), and most recently, Once within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging (2016).  He is currently writing an interpretative history of the last 100 years, tentatively entitled "A New Spirit of the Laws."