Research Professor of History
Founding Director, Center for World History
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Edmund Burke, III is Research Professor of modern Middle Eastern and World history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs the Center for World History. Burke is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on Middle East and North African history, orientalism, environmental history and world history.
He is the author of Prelude To Protectorate in Morocco, 1860-1912: Patterns of Pre-Colonial Protest and Resistance (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1976), Arabic translation 2013 and The Ethnographic State: France and Moroccan Islam (forthcoming).
Other books include: Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East: History, Policy, Power and Practice (Columbus OH: Ohio University Press, 2011; The Environment and World History, 1500-2000 (University of California Press, 2009); Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East (Berkeley: University of California Press, second edition 2006); Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History by Marshall G.S. Hodgson (Cambridge University Press, 1993); Global Crises and Social Movements: Artisans, Peasants, Populists and the World Economy (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1988) and Islam, Politics and Social Movements (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).
Modern Middle East and North African history, Mediterranean history, French history, orientalism, European imperialism, environmental history and world history.
I am currently retired, but still teach occasionally. I still teach upper division survey courses in the history of the modern world from 1450-1950. Over the last decade they have used histories of production and consumption as lenses to grasp the unfolding of the modern era. Over the last decade I also developed and taught an upper division survey course, "The Mediterranean in the Modern Age, 1492-1942," as well as a senior seminar, "The Mediterranean in the Cold War, 1942-1992.
Graduated from University of Notre Dame cum laude (1962); at Princeton: Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1962-63; Danforth Fellow, 1963-65; NDEA-related Fulbright-Hays Fellow, 1965-67; National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, 1967-68; at UCSC: Carnegie Fellow, 1969-70; Social Science Research Council grantee, 1973-74, summer 1975; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, summer 1978; National Science Foundation grantee, 1981; N.E.H. Fellowship, 1984-85; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 1989-90; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, summer 1997; Sabbagh Lecture in Middle East Studies (University of Arizona, Tucson), February 21-22, 2002; University of California Presidential Chair in World History, 2003-2007; Carson Endowed Lecture in History, Oregon State University, February 9, 2008; Fernand Braudel Research Fellow, European University Institute (Florence).