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Eugen Joseph Weber (April 24, 1925, Bucharest — May 17, 2007, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California) was a prominent Romanian historian of modern France.

He was born the son of Sonia and Emmanuel Weber, an industrialist. At age 12, he was sent to boarding school in Herne Bay, in southeastern England, and later to Ashville College, Harrogate.

During World War II, he served with the British Army in Belgium, Germany and India between 1943 and 1947. Afterwards, Weber studied history at the Sorbonne and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.

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He lived in Britain for a time, graduating with a BA in 1950 and an MA from Cambridge in 1954. In 1950, he married Jacqueline Brument-Roth. Weber taught at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1953–1954) and the University of Alberta (1954–1955) before settling in the United States, where he taught first at the University of Iowa (1955–1956) and then, until 1993, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He published a variety of works, in addition to hosting The Western Tradition, a PBS program consisting of his lectures (available free on line) on the Western world.

Weber's main interest was French history. His first book, The Nationalist Revival in France, 1905–1914 was a study of integral nationalism in France in the decade before World War One. Weber was to follow this book with further studies in French fascism and right-wing radicalism in Action Française and Varieties of Fascism. Weber drew a strong distinction between what he considers to be reactionary authoritarian and fascist movements. At a conference in Moscow in 1970, Weber argued that "fascism and communism were not antithetical but frères ennemis".

Weber took a pragmatic approach to history. “Nothing is more concrete than history, nothing less interested in theories or in abstract ideas,” he once wrote. “The great historians have fewer ideas about history than amateurs do; they merely have a way of ordering their facts to tell their story. It isn’t theories they look for, but information, documents, and ideas about how to find and handle them.”

Another area of interest for Weber was nation-building in France during the 19th century. He studied the political importance of sports in fin de siècle France, where he has argued that contemporaries believed that healthy bodies made for healthy nations and weak bodies for decadent and defeated nations. Thus, Weber has presented a case that for the French in this period, sports were a matter of critical national importance.

In his seminal book Peasants Into Frenchmen, Weber examined school records, migration patterns, military service documents and economic trends to argue that until the middle of the Third Republic, a sense of French nationhood was weak in the provinces. Weber then looked at how the policies of the Third Republic created a sense of French nationality in rural areas. The book was widely praised, but was criticized by some historians who argued that a sense of Frenchness existed in the provinces before 1870.

In Weber's The Western Tradition, written in two volumes ("Volume One: From the Ancient World to Louis XIV", "Volume Two: From the Renaissance to the Present"), he includes important historical documents as well as some writings, poems, and documents less known to the public that provide direct insight into the lives of people living throughout the centuries he discusses in his texts. For example, one chapter is titled "Liberalism, Nationalism, and 1848" and included are authors such as Joseph Mazzini, Louis Blanc, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Thomas Carlyle. In these books, Weber briefly explains the time period being referred to and provides essential background detail of the lives of the authors.

Eugen Weber hosted an instructional TV series "The Western Tradition", produced by WGBH in Boston in 1989, which is still being shown on public television.

Eugen Weber died of pancreatic cancer on May 17, 2007.

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Total Books: 34
France Fin de Sicle
2006 - France Fin De Sicle [Studies in Cultural History] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674318137
ISBN-10: 0674318137
Genre: History
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Apocalypses Prophecies Cults and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages
Apocalypses Prophecies Cults and Millennia
1999 - Apocalypses Prophecies Cults and Millennia (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780091801342
ISBN-10: 0091801346
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Apocalypses-HC  Prophecies Cults And Millennial Beliefs Through The Ages
1999 - Apocalypses-hc Prophecies Cults and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679309840
ISBN-10: 0679309845
Genre: History
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La France des annes 30 Tourments et perplexits
1996 - La France Des Annes 30 Tourments Et Perplexits (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782213593289
ISBN-10: 2213593280
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The Hollow Years France in the 1930's
1996 - The Hollow Years France in the 1930's (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781856196918
ISBN-10: 1856196917
Genre: History
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The Western Tradition From the Ancient World to Louis XIV
1995 - The Western Tradition From the Ancient World to Louis XIV (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780669394429
ISBN-10: 0669394424
Genres: History, Substores
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The Western Tradition From the Renaissance to the Present
1995 - The Western Tradition From the Renaissance to the Present (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780669394436
ISBN-10: 0669394432
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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My France Politics Culture Myth
1992 - My France Politics Culture Myth (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674595767
ISBN-10: 0674595769
Genre: History
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L'action franaise
1990 - L'action Franaise (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782010162107
ISBN-10: 2010162102
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Une histoire de l'Europe
1986 - Une Histoire De L'europe (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782213017747
ISBN-10: 2213017743
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Fin de sicle
1986 - Fin De Sicle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782213018751
ISBN-10: 2213018758
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La fin des terroirs
1983 - La Fin Des Terroirs (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782213012841
ISBN-10: 2213012849
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Modern History of Europe
1973 - Modern History of Europe (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780709138709
ISBN-10: 0709138709
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Varieties of Fascism
1964 - Varieties of Fascism (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780442000738
ISBN-10: 0442000731
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Nationalist Revival in France
The Nationalist Revival in France [Library Reprint] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780520013216
ISBN-10: 0520013212
Genre: Nonfiction
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Movements Currents Trends Aspects of European Thought in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Movements Currents Trends Aspects of European Thought in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries [Sources in Modern History Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780669278811
ISBN-10: 0669278815
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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The Western Tradition Vol 2 From the Renaissance to the Present
The Western Tradition Vol 2 From the Renaissance to the Present [Third Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780669811414
ISBN-10: 0669811416
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel
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Apocalypses Prophecies Cults and Millennial Beliefs Throughout the Ages
Une Historie del Europe 2
Une Historie Del Europe 2 [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782253904410
ISBN-10: 2253904414
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Frana Fin-De-Sicle
Frana Fin-de-sicle (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788571640054
ISBN-10: 857164005X
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