Fred M. Leventhal

  • AB (history), Harvard College
  • PhD (history), Harvard University

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British history

Professor Leventhal is the author of Respectable Radical: George Howell and Victorian Working Class Politics (1971); The Last Dissenter: H.N. Brailsford and His World (1985); Arthur Henderson (1989); and the editor of Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia (1995). In addition, he serves as co-editor of the journal Twentieth Century British History and has previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of British Studies and the Journal of Modern History. Professor Leventhal has received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Sydney, and Harvard University and visiting Research Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and is Past President of the North American Conference on British Studies. His current research is concerned with the projection of British culture in America, 1918-1945, and with state sponsorship of the arts in Britain between 1939 and 1951.

Academic Positions

  • Professor of History, Emeritus, Boston University, 2004-
  • Visiting Professor of History, Boston College, 2004
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for British Studies, University of Adelaide, 2004
  • Professor of History, Boston University, 1984-2004
  • Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University, 1999, 2001
  • Faculty Associate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1999, 2001
  • Visiting Fellow, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, 1997
  • Visiting Professor of History, University of Sydney, 1986
  • Associate Professor of History, Boston University, 1973-1984
  • Visiting Professor of Politics and Government, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1978-1979
  • Assistant Professor of History, Boston University, 1969-1973
  • Instructor in History, Harvard University, 1967-1969

Professional Positions

  • Co-Editor, Twentieth Century British History, 1995-2004
  • Advisory Board, I.B. Tauris & Co., LTD, 1999-
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 1989-
  • North American Conference on British Studies
    President, 1997-99
    Vice President, 1995-97
    Program Chairman, 1992-94
    Dissertation Year Fellowship Committee, 1989-93
    Chairman, Book Prize Committee, 1975-79
  • Affiliate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1995-
  • Committee on the Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, American Historical Association, 1992-94
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Modern History, 1985-87
  • Board of Advisors, Journal of British Studies, 1976-79

Scholarships, Grants, Prizes

  • American Philosophical Society Grant, 1996
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Research Grant, 1996
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid, 1990
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant, 1990
  • American Philosophical Society Grant, 1989
  • Faculty Research Seed Grant, Boston University, 1989
  • Faculty Research Seed Grant, Boston University, 1985
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1974
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid, 1974
  • American Philosophical Society Grant, 1974
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1971
  • Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom, 1960-1961

Books

Respectable Radical: George Howell and Victorian Working Class Politics (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971).

The Last Dissenter: H. N. Brailsford and His World (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985, 2003).

Arthur Henderson (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989).

Editor, Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 1995). Rev. ed. (New York: Peter Lang, 2002).

Co-Editor (with George K. Behlmer), Singular Continuities: Tradition, Nostalgia and Identity in Modern British Culture (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000).

Co-Editor (with Roland Quinault), Anglo-American Attitudes: From Revolution to Partnership (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2000).

Book Chapters

Introduction to new edition of George Howell, Trade Unionism New and Old (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1973), 9-50.

“H. N. Brailsford and the Search for a New International Order,” in A. J. A. Morris, ed., Edwardian Radicalism 1900-1914 (London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974), 202-217.

“Towards Revision and Reconciliation: H. N. Brailsford and Germany, 1914-1949,” in Asa Briggs and John Saville, eds., Essays in Labour History 1918-1939, Vol. III (London: Croom-Helm, 1977), 163-189.

“Seeing the Future: British Left-Wing Travellers to the Soviet Union, 1919-1932,” in J.M.W. Bean, ed., The Political Culture of Modern Britain: Studies in Memory of Stephen Koss (London: Hamish Hamilton and New York: Columbia University Press, 1987), 194-211.

“Leonard Woolf (1880-1969): The Conscience of a Bloomsbury Socialist,” in Susan Pedersen and Peter Mandler, eds., After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1994), 149-168.

“Essential Democracy: The 1939 Royal Visit to the United States,” in George K. Behlmer and Fred M. Leventhal, eds., Singular Continuities: Tradition, Nostalgia and Identity in Modern British Culture (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000), 163-177, 250-255.

“Public Face and Public Space: The Projection of Britain in America before the Second World War,” in Fred M. Leventhal and Roland Quinault, eds., Anglo-American Attitudes: From Revolution to Partnership (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2000), 212-226.

“Eric Knight’s War: The Campaign for Anglo-American Understanding,” in Jonathan Hollowell, ed., Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century (London: Macmillan, 2001).

“Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: Promoting the Anglo-American Alliance In Wartime, 1939-43,” in Joel H. Wiener and Mark Hampton, eds., Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850-2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Papers

“Notes on Sources: The Howell Collection,” Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History, No. 10 (Spring 1965), 38-40.

“Why a Massacre: The Responsibility for Peterloo,” Journal of Inter-disciplinary History, Vol. II, No. 1 (Summer 1971), 109-118.

“H. N. Brailsford and Russia: The Problem of Objectivity,” Albion, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 1973), 81-96.

“H. N. Brailsford and the New Leader,” Journal of Contemporary History Vol. 9, No. 1 (January 1974), 91-113.

Changing Fortunes in Fleet Street,” Journal of British Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4 (October 1985), 490-495.

“Labour’s Golden Age Reconsidered,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. XVI, No. 2 (Autumn 1985), 281-289.

“Enthousiasme en toewijding: Linkse Britse reizigers naar de Sovjetunie, 1919-1932,” Ruslandbulletin, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988), 6-20.

“‘The Best for the Most': CEMA and State Sponsorship of the Arts in Wartime, 1939-1945,” Twentieth Century British History, Vol. 1,No. 3 (1990), 289-317.

“Leonard Woolf and Kingsley Martin: Creative Tension on the Left,” Albion, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Summer 1992), 279-294.

“‘A Tonic to the Nation': The Festival of Britain, 1951,” Albion, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Fall 1995), 445-453.

“British Writers, American Readers: Women’s Voices in Wartime,” Albion, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring, 2000), 1-18.

“Henry Noel Brailsford”, “Jane Brailsford”, “George Howell”, “Eric Knight”, “George  Odger”, “Union of Democratic Control”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-).

“Cinematic Representations of Britishness, 1945-1971,” Comparativ, Heft 4/06 (2007), 167-178.

Book Reviews

Albion, American Historical Review, American Political Science Review, Boston Globe, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Journal of Modern History, Labor History, Societas, The Russian Review, Times Literary Supplement, Twentieth Century British History, University Publishing, Victorian Studies.