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William Romeyn Everdell is an American teacher and author.

Born in 1941, he graduated from St. Paul's School and from Princeton University. A Woodrow Wilson Scholar and Fullbright Scholar, he holds a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D in Modern Intellectual History from New York University. He served during the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine NCO in Morocco and marched against the war following his discharge in 1968.

In 1970, he began teaching at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the Dean of Humanities and teaches world history. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and is the author of books and articles on intellectual history (history of ideas). One book The End of Kings (1983, 2000) recaptures the historical definition of "republic" as a state not ruled by one person. Another, The First Moderns (1997) redefines "Modernism" as the abandonment of continuity in the arts and sciences that began in the West in 1872-1913.

He has also written on teaching history, and served on the Test Development Committee for the first Advanced Placement World History Exams. A member of the American Historical Association, he has also served as the president of the affiliated Organization of History Teachers, and of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Barbara, who is an administrator at St. Ann's. His sons, Josh and Chris, were born in 1971 and 1974.


  • The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth Century Thought, University of Chicago Press, 1997. (Paperback Edition 1998)
  • "The Problem of Continuity and the Origins of Modernism: 1870-1913," History of European Ideas, Pergamon Press, 1988.
  • “Monologues of the Mad: Paris Cabaret and Modernist Narrative from Twain to Eliot” (ISSEI, Aalborg, Denmark, 8/25/92) in Studies in American Fiction, 20:2(Dec, 1992)
  • “Modernism at 100,” Prometheus I:1(1998-99)
  • Review of Banfield, The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism, in RUSSELL: Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, NS v21:1(Summer 2001), p88
  • Christian Apologetics in France, 1730-1790: The Roots of Romantic Religion, Edwin Mellen Press, 1987.
  • “The Rosières Movement, 1766-1789: A Clerical Precursor of the Revolutionary Cults” in French Historical Studies 9:1(1975)
  • “Complots, Côteries, Conspirations: L’origine de la ‘thèse Barruel’ dans le roman apologétique” (7/6/89) in L’Image de la Révolution française: Communications présentées lors du Congrès Mondial..., vol III, Paris, 1989
  • Review of Taves, Fits, Trances and Visions in New York Times Book Review, (26 December, 1999)
  • “Enlightenment: A Rhetoric of Suspicion,” St. Ann’s Review 5:1(Winter/Spring, 2004), p22-33
  • The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans, The Free Press, 1983, (2nd edition, University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • “From State to Freestate: The Meaning of the Word Republic from Jean Bodin to John Adams” (7th ISECS, Budapest, 7/31/87) in Valley Forge Journal, June, 1991
  • “How to Use the Theme of Technology in a World History Survey Course,” American Historical Association, San Francisco, 5 January, 2002, revised, in World History Connected.
  • “How Much Is That In Dollars? Teaching World Economic History Starting With What Students Most Want To Know” Organization of History Teachers/American Historical Association, Conference, DC, January, 2004
  • "His Own Wikipedia Entry: A Study In Grooming and Maintaining Ones' Personal Reputation On This Crazy Thing Called The Internet", Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

He has a brief blog at http://commonwealthsman.blogspot.com/2006/02/republics-and-commonwealths.html.

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