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James Cronin


James Cronin

Telephone: (617) 552-3798

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S315


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Brandeis University, 1977

Fields of Interest

Modern Britain; modern European social and economic history; state and society in Europe since 1750; contemporary history; comparative history

Academic Profile

Professor Cronin teaches modern British and European history. Over the past decade his research interests have involved the relationship between states and social structures, political parties, and the rise and fall of the Cold War world order. His most recent book focused on the making of "New Labour" in Britain and its implications for the evolution of social democracy in Europe. He is currently working on a study of British and American foreign policy, and the Anglo-American alliance, since the crisis of the 1970s. Professor Cronin is an associate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where he chairs the British Study Group, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social History and British Politics. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the German Marshall Fund and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Representative Publications

  • New Labour's Pasts: The Labour Party and Its Discontents, 2004
  • "Memoir, Social History and Commitment: Eric Hobsbawm's Interesting Times," Journal of Social History (Fall 2003)
  • "Labour's 'National Plan': Inheritances, Practice, Legacies," The European Legacy (April 2001)
  • "The Marshall Plan and Cold War Political Discourse," in Martin Schain, ed. The Marshall Plan: Fifty Years After (2001)
  • "Convergence by Conviction: Politics and Economics in the Emergence of the Anglo-American Model," Journal of Social History (Summer 2000)
  • The World the Cold War Made: Order, Chaos and the Return of History (1996)
  • The Politics of State Expansion: War, State and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (1991)
  • Labour and Society in Britain, 1918-79 (1984)
  • Work, Community and Power: The Experience of Labor in Europe and America, 1900-1925 (co-editor with C. Sirianni) (1983)
  • Social Conflict and the Political Order in Modern Britain (co-editor with J. Schneer) (1982)
  • Industrial Conflict in Modern Britain (1979)