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Harry Liebersohn is a Center for Advanced Study Professor of modern European history. His research centers on cultural encounters between European and non-European peoples since the late eighteenth century. He attempts to understand how people from diverse cultures communicate in a broad variety of geographic settings,especially in North America and the Pacific.

He received his B.A. in history from New College in Sarasota, Florida in 1973 and his Ph.D. in history, with a special emphasis on German and intellectual history, from Princeton University in 1979. Since then he has written on a wide range of topics, including religion, social theory, travel writing, gift exchange, literature, art and music.

He is the author of numerous books, including Fate and Utopia in German

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Research Output 1982 2018

'Culture' crosses the Atlantic: The German sources of the mind of primitive man

Liebersohn, H. M., Apr 24 2018, Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas. Yale University Press, p. 91-108 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Culture” Crosses the Atlantic: The German Sources of The Mind of Primitive Man

Liebersohn, H. M., 2018, Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas. Wilner, I. L. & Blackhawk, N. (eds.). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, p. 91-108

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

On Cultural Brokers: A Conversation with Bruno Nettl

Liebersohn, H. M., Aug 1 2017, In : Itinerario. 41, 2, p. 215-222 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Liebersohn, H., Jan 1 2017, The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation. Hoxie, F. E. (ed.). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, p. 199-206 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Introduction: The civilizing mission

Liebersohn, H. M., Sep 1 2016, In : Journal of World History. 27, 3, p. 383-387 5 p., 631572.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2002 2013

How Cultural Encounters go Wrong: Warren Hastings, Captain Cook, and Gift-Giving in the Late Eighteenth Century

Harry M Liebersohn (Speaker)
Dec 11 2008

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Race at the Fin de Siecle: Skulls, Pictures, Sounds

Harry M Liebersohn (Keynote speaker)
Jun 16 2011Jun 17 2011

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Naturalist Voyagers

Harry M Liebersohn (Organizer)
Nov 10 2005Nov 11 2005

Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference

American Historical Association (External organization)

Harry M Liebersohn (Member)
2011 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

From Berlin to New York: The German Sources of the Mind of Primitive Man

Harry M Liebersohn (Speaker)
Sep 14 2011

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation


The Giving of Gifts Forum

Harry M Liebersohn


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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