Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Harold Mah 

Professor Emeritus
Modern European cultural and intellectual history
(emphasis on France)




Ph.D. Stanford University, 1982


Harold Mah is Professor of Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen's University in Canada. He is the author ofEnlightenment Phantasies: Cultural Identity in France and Germany, 1750-1914(Cornell University Press, 2003, 2004) and The End of Philosophy, the Origin of "Ideology": Karl Marx and the Crisis of the Young Hegelians (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987). He has published articles in The Journal of Modern History (including, the much-cited "Phantasies of the Public Sphere: Rethinking the Habermas of Historians" 2000), Representations, History Workshop Journal (notably, the much-taught "Suppressing the Text: the Metaphysics of Ethnographic History in Darnton's Great Massacre," 1991), New German Critique (notably, "The French Revolution and the Problem of German Modernity: Hegel, Heine, and Marx," which was awarded the George A. Armstrong Prize in political thought by the Conference for the study of Political Thought), Modern Intellectual History and other venues.

He is currently finishing a book tentatively entitled History Hates Theory: Case Studies in a Syndrome, which deals with the theoretical concerns and anxieties of historians from Herder in the eighteenth century to the Roland Barthes in the mid-twentieth. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a fellow at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities.

Courses Taught


The Cultural History of Modern France
The Enlightenment



Principal fields for graduate supervision: French Cultural history

Major Publications

"Enlightenment Phantasies: Cultural Identity in France and Germany, 1750-1914", Cornell U. Press, 2003