William Everdell

William Romeyn Everdell is an American teacher and author.[1] Born in 1941, he graduated from St. Paul's School and from Princeton University.[2] A Woodrow Wilson Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, he holds a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D in Modern Intellectual History from New York University, where his dissertation was advised by Frank Manuel.[3] He served during the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine NCO in Morocco and marched against the war following his discharge in 1968.

In 1970, he began teaching at Saint Ann's School, where he taught world history until retiring in 2016.[4][5][6][7] He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review,[8] and is the author of a number of books and articles on intellectual history and the history of ideas. One book The End of Kings (1983, 2000) recaptures the historical definition of "republic" as a state not ruled by one person.[9][10] Another, The First Moderns (1997) redefines "Modernism" as the abandonment of the continuous in favor of the discrete in the arts and sciences that began in the West in 1872-1913.

He has also written on the teaching of history, and served on the Test Development Committee for the first Advanced Placement World History Exams.[11] A member of the American Historical Association, he has also served as the president of the affiliated Organization of History Teachers, and of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Barbara, who was for many years an administrator at Saint Ann's. His sons, Josh and Chris, were born in 1971 and 1974, respectively.


  • “The Rosières Movement, 1766-1789: A Clerical Precursor of the Revolutionary Cults” in French Historical Studies 9:1(1975)
  • The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans, The Free Press, 1983, (2nd edition, University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Christian Apologetics in France, 1730-1790: The Roots of Romantic Religion, Edwin Mellen Press, 1987.
  • "The Problem of Continuity and the Origins of Modernism: 1870-1913," History of European Ideas, Pergamon Press, 1988.
  • “From State to Freestate: The Meaning of the Word Republic from Jean Bodin to John Adams” (7th ISECS, Budapest, 7/31/87) in Valley Forge Journal, June, 1991 http://dhm.pdp6.org/archives/wre-republics.html
  • “Complots, Côteries, Conspirations: L’origine de la ‘thèse Barruel’ dans le roman apologétique” (7/6/89) in L’Image de la Révolution française: Communications présentées lors du Congrès Mondial..., vol III, Paris, 1989
  • “Monologues of the Mad: Paris Cabaret and Modernist Narrative from Twain to Eliot” (ISSEI, Aalborg, Denmark, 8/25/92) in Studies in American Fiction, 20:2(Dec, 1992)
  • The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth Century Thought, University of Chicago Press, 1997. (Paperback Edition 1998)
  • “Modernism at 100”, Prometheus I:1(1998–99)
  • Review of Taves, Fits, Trances and Visions in New York Times Book Review, (26 December 1999)
  • Review of Banfield, The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism, in Russell: Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, NS v21:1 (Summer 2001), p88
  • “How to Use the Theme of Technology in a World History Survey Course,” American Historical Association, San Francisco, 5 January 2002, revised, in World History Connected.
  • “Enlightenment: A Rhetoric of Suspicion,” St. Ann’s Review 5:1(Winter/Spring, 2004), p22-33
  • “How Much Is That In Dollars? Teaching World Economic History Starting With What Students Most Want To Know” Organization of History Teachers/American Historical Association, Conference, DC, January, 2004
  • “His Own Wikipedia Entry: Grooming and Maintaining One's Reputation As an Independent Scholar on the Internet's Margin of Entropy,” Verlag der bibliographischen Geister, 2006.


  1. ^ Fiske, Edward B. (1983-04-24). "New Priority: Technological Literacy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ "Princeton University".
  3. ^ Pace, Eric (1983-05-25). "From a Pizza by Land to Fillet of Beef by Sea". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  4. ^ Marcus Cunliffe "The Best Form of Government THE END OF KINGS: A History of Republics and Republicans. By William R. Everdell. Free Press. 370 pp. $19.95.", Washington Post, January 22, 1884.
  5. ^ Publications, Europa (2003). International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781857431797.
  6. ^ Maistre, Joseph de (1996-06-01). Against Rousseau: On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773566040.
  7. ^ Maeroff, Gene I. (1983-11-17). "Classes on Nuclear War Move into Curriculums". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  8. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch/?action=click&contentCollection&region=TopBar&WT.nav=searchWidget&module=SearchSubmit&pgtype=Homepage#/william%20everdell
  9. ^ "123rd Annual Meeting (January 2 - 5, 2009): Organization of History Teachers Book Talk". aha.confex.com. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  10. ^ McDowell, Edwin (Nov 13, 1983). "About Books and Authors". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Winerip, Michael (2003-06-18). "ON EDUCATION; Moving Quickly Through History". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-12.

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Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is an affluent residential neighborhood within the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Originally referred to as Brooklyn Village, it has been a prominent area of Brooklyn since 1834. The neighborhood is noted for its low-rise architecture and its many brownstone rowhouses, most of them built prior to the Civil War. It also has an abundance of notable churches and other religious institutions. Brooklyn's first art gallery, the Brooklyn Arts Gallery, was opened in Brooklyn Heights in 1958. In 1965, a large part of Brooklyn Heights was protected from unchecked development by the creation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the first such district in New York City. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Directly across the East River from Manhattan and connected to it by subways and regular ferry service, Brooklyn Heights is also easily accessible from Downtown Brooklyn. The neighborhood stretches from Old Fulton Street near the Brooklyn Bridge south to Atlantic Avenue and from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Court Street and Cadman Plaza West. Adjacent neighborhoods are Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill. Columbia Heights, an upscale six-block-long street next to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, is sometimes considered to be its own neighborhood.

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Ernst Mach

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Franz von Uchatius

Franz von Uchatius (1811–1881) was an Austrian artillery general and inventor. His inventions included both military applications and pioneer work in cinematography.

He invented a motion picture projector in 1853, developing it over the years from 1845 from the device then called stroboscope (Simon von Stampfer) and phenakistiscope (Joseph Plateau). This was the first example of projected animation, demonstrated in 1853; it is also described as the combination of the zoetrope with the magic lantern. It was called the kinetoscope, a term later used by Thomas Edison (see kinetoscope). He applied it to lecture on ballistics.He worked also on a smokeless powder, improved cannons and alloys (his steel bronze was a copper-tin alloy), Uchatius steel was produced industrially, by mixing granulated iron with iron oxide.His balloons, were the earliest recorded use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for warfighting occurred on July 1849, serving as a balloon carrier (the precursor to the aircraft carrier) in the first offensive use of air power in naval aviation. Austrian forces besieging Venice attempted to float some 200 incendiary balloons, each carrying a 24- to 30-pound bomb that was to be dropped from the balloon with a time fuse over the besieged city. The balloons were launched mainly from land; however, some were also launched from the Austrian ship SMS Vulcano. The Austrians used smaller pilot balloons to determine the correct fuse settings. At least one bomb fell in the city; however, due to the wind changing after launch, most of the balloons missed their target, and some drifted back over Austrian lines and the launching ship Vulcano.

Jacques Barzun

Jacques Martin Barzun (; November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) was a French-American historian known for his studies of the history of ideas and cultural history. He wrote about a wide range of subjects, including baseball, mystery novels, and classical music, and was also known as a philosopher of education. In the book Teacher in America (1945), Barzun influenced the training of schoolteachers in the United States.

He published more than forty books, was awarded the American Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was dubbed a knight of the French Legion of Honor. The historical retrospective From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present (2000), widely considered his magnum opus, was published when he was 93 years old.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. Born in Geneva, his political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political and educational thought.

His Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. Rousseau's sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise (1761) was important to the development of preromanticism and romanticism in fiction. His Emile, or On Education (1762) is an educational treatise on the place of the individual in society. Rousseau's autobiographical writings—the posthumously published Confessions (composed in 1769), which initiated the modern autobiography, and the unfinished Reveries of a Solitary Walker (composed 1776–1778)—exemplified the late-18th-century "Age of Sensibility", and featured an increased focus on subjectivity and introspection that later characterized modern writing.

Rousseau befriended fellow philosophy writer Denis Diderot in 1742, and would later write about Diderot's romantic troubles in his autobiography, Confessions. During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophers among members of the Jacobin Club. He was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death.


Modernism is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the factors that shaped modernism were the development of modern industrial societies and the rapid growth of cities, followed then by reactions of horror to World War I. Modernism also rejected the certainty of Enlightenment thinking, and many modernists rejected religious belief.Modernism, in general, includes the activities and creations of those who felt the traditional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, philosophy, social organization, activities of daily life, and sciences, were becoming ill-fitted to their tasks and outdated in the new economic, social, and political environment of an emerging fully industrialized world. The poet Ezra Pound's 1934 injunction to "Make it new!" was the touchstone of the movement's approach towards what it saw as the now obsolete culture of the past. In this spirit, its innovations, like the stream-of-consciousness novel, atonal (or pantonal) and twelve-tone music, divisionist painting and abstract art, all had precursors in the 19th century.

A notable characteristic of modernism is self-consciousness and irony concerning literary and social traditions, which often led to experiments with form, along with the use of techniques that drew attention to the processes and materials used in creating a painting, poem, building, etc. Modernism explicitly rejected the ideology of realism and makes use of the works of the past by the employment of reprise, incorporation, rewriting, recapitulation, revision and parody.Some commentators define modernism as a mode of thinking—one or more philosophically defined characteristics, like self-consciousness or self-reference, that run across all the novelties in the arts and the disciplines. More common, especially in the West, are those who see it as a socially progressive trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve and reshape their environment with the aid of practical experimentation, scientific knowledge, or technology. From this perspective, modernism encouraged the re-examination of every aspect of existence, from commerce to philosophy, with the goal of finding that which was 'holding back' progress, and replacing it with new ways of reaching the same end. Others focus on modernism as an aesthetic introspection. This facilitates consideration of specific reactions to the use of technology in the First World War, and anti-technological and nihilistic aspects of the works of diverse thinkers and artists spanning the period from Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) to Samuel Beckett (1906–1989).While some scholars see modernism continuing into the twenty first century, others see it evolving into late modernism or high modernism. Postmodernism is a departure from modernism and refutes its basic assumptions.

Richard Dedekind

Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind (6 October 1831 – 12 February 1916) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra (particularly ring theory),

axiomatic foundation for the natural numbers, algebraic number theory and the definition of the real numbers.

Saint Ann's School (New York City)

Saint Ann's School is an arts-oriented private school located in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The school is a non-sectarian, co-educational pre-K–12 day school with rigorous programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences (its high school offers 200+ yearly, of which over 70 are in the arts).

The students number 1,080 from preschool through 12th grade, as well as 324 faculty, administration, and staff members. The campus includes a central 15-story building with a 19th-century facade housing the 4th through 12th grades; a lower school building for the first through third grades; two adjoining brownstones, one of which houses the school's fine arts department; and a preschool and kindergarten located near the main campus.

Annual tuition as of 2015 is between $34,000 and $41,000 depending on grade level.

Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen Edward Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history.

There have been allegations of plagiarism and inaccuracies in his writings. However, in a review of To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian for the New York Times, William Everdell wrote that "he certainly deserved better from some of his envious peers" and credited the historian with reaching "an important lay audience without endorsing its every prejudice or sacrificing the profession's standards of scholarship."

The First Moderns

The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought is a book on Modernism by historian William Everdell, published in 1997 by the University of Chicago Press. A New York Times Notable Book of 1997, and included by the New York Public Library on its list of "25 Books to Remember from 1997," The First Moderns suggests that "the heart of Modernism is the postulate of ontological discontinuity."

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