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Peter Sahlins

Ph.D, Princeton

Professor Sahlins received his B.A. from Harvard, his Ph.D. in History from Princeton (1986), and has taught in the History Department at Berkeley since 1989. His research interests include the history of early modern France and Europe; boundaries and borderlands in Europe since the sixteenth century; immigration, nationality, and citizenship in pre-modern Europe; environmental history (especially forests); and the history of animal-human relations. He has served on endless departmental and university committees, and was Director of the France-Berkeley Fund (1992-2002), Founding Director of the UCEAP Paris Study Center (2002-2005), and worked as Director of Academic Programs at the Social Science Research Council in New York (2006-2008). Professor Sahlins also serves as Vice-President of the intenternational NGO Libraries Without Borders (
Books and Edited Volumes:
1668: The Year of the Animal in France (New York: Zone Books, 2017).
French Animal Studies, ed. with Christopher Pearson, special issue of French History, vol. 8, no. 2 (June 2014).
Mobility in French History, ed. with Carla Hesse, special issue of French Historical Studies, vol. 29, no. 3 (2006).
Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).
Et si on faisait payer les trangers? Louis XIV, les immigrs, et quelques autres (Paris: Editions Flammarion, 1999) (co-authored with Jean-Franois Dubost).
Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994).
Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989; paperback edition, 1991; Catalan translation, 1993; French translation, 1996).
Recent Articles:
“The Animals of the First Xenotransfusion Experiments, 1667-68,” Representations (Winter 2015).
Where the Sun Dont Shine: the Royal Labyrinth at Versailles, 1668-1674, in Pia Cuneo, ed., Animals and Identity in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2014), 67-88.
A Story of Three Chameleons: the Animal between Literature and Science in the Age of Louis XIV, in Louisa MacKenzie, ed., Thinking about Animals in France (Michigan State University Press, 2014), 15-30.
The Royal Menageries of Louis XIV and the Civilizing Process Revisited, French Historical Studies 35 (2) (2012), 226-46.
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