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Mark Salber Phillips

Contact Information
 Office: Department of History
422 Paterson Hall
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6
 Phone: 520-2600 ext. 2830
 Fax: (613) 520-2819



Ph.D. University of Toronto, l974
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, l968
A.B. Magna cum laude, Harvard College, l967


2003 - Professor, Cross-appointed, Department of History and ICSLAC, Carleton University, Ottawa
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 Selected Distinctions and Awards

Visiting Professor, History Dept., King's College, University of London 2009
Visiting Fellow, Yale Center for British Art 2008
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada 2007
Visiting Professor of Early Modern European History, University of Chicago, spring term 2002
Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 2000-01
Clifford Prize, American Society for 18th-Century Studies
Best article on an 18th-century subject
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 Current Research

"'To Bring the Distant Near': Historical Distance in the Shaping of the Past."
Book length manuscript in preparation on the construction of historical distance in three historical eras - Renaissance, Enlightenment and the 20th Century. Under contract to Yale University Press.

 Selected Publications

Books Authored

Society and Sentiment: the Genres of Historical Writing in Britain 1740-1820. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000, (369 pp.)

The Memoir of Marco Parenti: A Life in Medici Florence. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987, (283pp). Multiple editions and translations.

Francesco Guicciardini: the Historian's Craft. Toronto: University of Toronto Press and Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1977 (195 pp.)

Books Edited

Questions of Tradition: Exploring the Concept of Tradition Across the Disciplines. Eds. Mark Salber Phillips & Gordon Schochet. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004 (325 pp.)

Chapters in Books

"On the Advantage and Disadvantage of Sentimental History for Life," reprinted from History Workshop Journal 2008 in Affect and Historical Reenactment. Ed. Iain McCalman. Oxford: Oxford UP, forthcoming 2009.

"Relocating Inwardness: Historical Distance and the Transition from Enlightenment to Romantic Historiography," reprinted from PMLA 2003, in The Modern Historiography Reader: Western Sources. Ed. Adam Budd. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009. 106-117.

"Contesting Time, Place, and Nation in the First People's Hall of The Canadian Museum of Civilization." In Race and Empire in Public Space [provisional title], edited by Lisa Mayer Knauer and Daniel Walkowitz. Duke University Press, forthcoming 2008. (with Ruth Phillips).

"'The Most Eminent Philosopher and Historian of His Time': Hume's History of England. In Blackwell's Companion to David Hume, edited by Elizabeth Radcliffe, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 406-22.

"Introduction." In John Millar, An Historical View of English Government, 4 volumes, edited by Mark Salber Phillips and Dale Smith. Liberty Press, 2006.

"Adam Smith, Belletrist." In Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith, edited by Knud Haakonssen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006: 57-78.

"Literary History and Literary Historicism in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Historiographical Perspective." In A Concise Companion to Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, edited by C. Wall. Blackwell's, 2005: 247-64.

"Hume's History of England: Canonization and Critique." In The Reception of David Hume, edited by P. Jones. Continuum, 2005. 299-313 (with Dale Smith).

Articles in Refereed Journals

"Distance and Historical Representation." History Workshop Journal 57 (2004): 123- 41.

"Relocating Inwardness: Historical Distance and the Transition from Enlightenment to Romantic Historiography." Publications of the Modern Languages Association 118 (2003): 436-49.

"Histories, Micro- and Literary: Problems of Genre and Distance." New Literary History 34 (2003): 211-29.

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