James Sheehan

Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
B.A., Stanford University

In my most recent book (published by Oxford University Press in 2000), I examine the relationship between aesthetic ideas, cultural institutions, and museum architecture in nineteenth century Germany. Although I still have an interest in these issues, I am now working on problems in European international history. I have just completed a manuscript with the working title “The Monopoly of Violence: War and the State in Twentieth-Century Europe.” My next project will trace the theory and practice of sovereignty in Europe from the late middle ages to the present.

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May 8, 2020
World War II provided two contradictory lessons: war must be avoided at all costs and democracies must resist aggression, says Stanford historian James J. Sheehan. On the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe Day” – the day when people from across the world celebrated the acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allied forces...