#6347 Overall Influence

Gertrude Himmelfarb

American historian

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Gertrude Himmelfarb (aka Bea Kristol) was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Himmelfarb is very widely respected for her conservative viewpoint of history, earning praise from both conservative and liberal readers. Her work has focused primarily on Victorian England, and it is her belief that the Victorian era, with its adherence to more traditional mores such as civility, moderation, and decorum, has much to teach us today.

A champion for traditional historical research and methods, she has thus far rejected more modern approaches that focus on quantitative measures or views of history that focus on the experiences of everyday people, a micro-lens, if you will, rather than macro-forces such as politics and the history of powerful people. With her husband, Irving Kristol, the founder of neoconservatism, she has championed conservatism through political and intellectual activism. She has authored more than a dozen books, most regarding the Victorian era and Victorian virtues.

Himmelfarb has been the recipient of many honors, serving as a Fellow for the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Historical Society, and was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2004.

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City University of New York
City University of New York

Public university system in New York City

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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College

Senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn

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Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Religious education organization located in New York, New York

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University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge

Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#167 World Rank #24 USA Rank
History
#16507 World Rank #3845 USA Rank
Literature