Professor Joseph Bergin
Humanities Lime Grove (formerly the Arts Building)
Ph: 016 275 3084
Joseph Bergin is Professor of Modern History and Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests are mainly in the religious, social and political history of early modern France from the later sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. But he has strong comparative historical interests, especially in Italian, German and Spanish history of the same period, which are also reflected in his undergraduate lectures. He would welcome graduate students interested in working in these fields.
He currently directs and teaches on the MA in Early Modern History. He held a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2000-3) for a study of the French episcopate under Louis XIV, published in 2004 as Crown, Church and Episcopate under Louis XIV (Yale University Press). He has also edited the volume on The Seventeenth-Century for Oxford University Press's Short History of Europe series, published in 2000. He is an advisory editor for Palgrave's European Studies Series and for Manchester University Press's Studies in Early Modern History. He also chairs the MUP Editorial Committee. During the academic year 2006-7, he is a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin), where he is working on a large-scale general study on church, society and religion in seventeenth-century France.
Future projects include a study of the wills and testaments of French bishops of the early modern period with a view to analysing shifts in their sense of self, family and office during a period of significant change. He also plans to write a work of synthesis on the relations between religion and politics in France from the wars of religion to the Enlightenment.