John W. Boyer

Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and the College
Dean of the College
PhD 1975 University of Chicago

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library,
room 247 – Office
(773) 702-8576 – Office telephone
(773) 702-5846 – Fax

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 122
Chicago, IL 60637

Field Specialties

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century European political and cultural history, particularly in Germany and the Habsburg Empire; religion and politics in modern European history; the history of the universities.


My research and teaching focus on the history of modern Europe, especially on the states, the peoples, and the societies of Central Europe since 1700. My special teaching interests are German history from 1740 to 1918; the history of the Hapsburg Empire between 1648 and 1918, and the history of Austria from 1918 to the present; religion and politics in modern European history; and the history of European universities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I am presently completing the "Austria, 1867–1985" volume for the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, published by Oxford University Press. With Jan E. Goldstein, I am also coeditor of The Journal of Modern History.

Books and Essays on Central European History and Modern European History

Karl Lueger (1844–1910). Christlichsoziale Politik als Beruf. Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2009.

Culture and Political Crisis in Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1897–1918. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Political Radicalism in Late Imperial Vienna: Origins of the Christian Social Movement, 1848–1897. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.

Coeditor (with Jan E. Goldstein). Nineteenth-Century Europe: Liberalism and Its Critics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Coeditor (with Jan E. Goldstein). Twentieth-Century Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

"Power, Partisanship, and the Grid of Democratic Politics: 1907 as the Pivot Point of Modern Austrian History." Austrian History Yearbook 44 (2013): 148–174.

"Richard Schmitz and the Tradition of Imperial Catholic Politics in Austria 1907–1934." Demokratie und Geschichte. Jahrbuch des Karl von Vogelsang-Institutes 13/14 (2009/2010): 95–134.

"The 'Collectivism of Democracy': Mass Politics in Vienna and Chicago, 1890–1918." Jahrbuch des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Wien 62/63 (2006/2007): 9–49.

"Tradition und Wandel—Die Christlich Soziale Partei am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkrieges." Demokratie und Geschichte. Jahrbuch des Karl von Vogelsang-Institutes 9/10 (2005/2006): 73–99.

"Political Catholicism in Austria, 1880-1960." Contemporary Austrian Studies 13 (2004): 6–36.

"Silent War and Bitter Peace: The Austrian Revolution of 1918." Austrian History Yearbook 34 (2003): 1–56

"Wiener Konservatismus vom Reich zur Republik: Ignaz Seipel und die österreichische Politik." In Konservative Profile. Ideen & Praxis in der Politik zwischen FM Radetzky, Karl Kraus und Alois Mock. Edited by Ulrich E. Zellenberg, 341–361. Graz, 2003.

"Catholics, Christians, and the Challenges of Democracy: The Heritage of the Nineteenth Century." In Christdemokratie in Europa im 20. Jahrhundert. Edited by Michael Gehler, Wolfram Kaiser, and Helmut Wohnout, 23–59. Vienna: Böhlau, 2001.

"Religion and Political Development in Central Europe around 1900: A View from Vienna." Austrian History 
Yearbook 25 (1994): 13–57

"Christian Socialism under the Empire. Some Reflections." In Geschichte Zwischen Freiheit und Ordnung, 57–74. Graz: Styria, 1991.

"Some Reflections on the Problem of Austria, Germany, and Mitteleuropa." Central European History 22 (1989): 

"Austrian Catholics and the World: Facing Political Turmoil in the Early Twentieth Century." In The Mirror of History, 315–352. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1988.

Austria in the 1980s: Heritage of the Past, Contours of the Future. Washington, DC: Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1987.

"The End of an Old Regime: Visions of Political Reform in Late Imperial Austria." Journal of Modern History 58 (1986): 159–193

"Karl Lueger and the Viennese Jews." Yearbook. The Leo Baeck Institute 26 (1981): 125-144

"Veränderungen im politischen Leben Wiens. Die Grossstadt Wien, der Radikalismus der Beamten und die Wahlen von 1891." Jahrbuchdes Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Wien, Teil I: 36 (1980): 95-172; Teil II: 37 (1981): 117–176

"Freud, Marriage and Late Viennese Liberalism: A Commentary from 1905." Journal of Modern History 50 (1978): 72–102

"A. J. P. Taylor and the Art of Modern History." Journal of Modern History 49 (1977): 40–72

Monographs on the History of the University of Chicago

“Teaching at a University of a Certain Sort”:  Education at the University of Chicago over the Past Century. Chicago, 2012.

“Not as a Thing for the Moment, But for All Time”:  The University of Chicago and its Histories. Chicago, 2011.

“A Noble and Symmetrical Conception of Life”:  The Arts at Chicago on the Edge of a New Century. Chicago, 2010.

"The Kind of University That We Desire to Become":  Student Housing and the Educational Mission of the University of Chicago. Chicago, 2009.

"We Are All Islanders To Begin With": The University of Chicago and the World in the late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Chicago, 2008.

A Twentieth-Century Cosmos: The New Plan and the Origins of General Education at Chicago. Chicago, 2007.

"Broad and Christian in the Fullest Sense": William Rainey Harper and the University of Chicago. Chicago, 2006.

The "Persistence to Keep Everlastingly At It": Fund-Raising and Philanthropy at Chicago in the Twentieth Century. Chicago, 2005.

Judson's War and Hutchins's Peace: The University of Chicago and War in the Twentieth Century. Chicago, 2004.

Academic Freedom and The Modern University. The Experience of the University of Chicago. Chicago, 2003.

The Organization of the College and the Divisions in the 1920s and 1930s. Chicago, 2002.

Building for a Long Future. The Role of the Trustees in the Early University. Chicago, 2001.

The University of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. Chicago, 2000.

Three Views of Continuity and Change at the University of Chicago. Chicago, 1999.

Editor of The Aims of Education. Volumes 1 and 2. Chicago, 1997; 2009.

"Drafting Salvation." University of Chicago Magazine (December 1995): 18–21.