Theodore Zeldin  

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Theodore Zeldin (born 22 August 1933) is an Oxford scholar.

He is a philosopher, historian, writer and public speaker. He was first known as a historian of France but is today probably most famous internationally as the author of An Intimate History of Humanity (1994), a book which probes the personal preoccupations of people in many different civilisations, both in the past and in the present; it illuminates the way emotions, curiosities, relationships and fears have evolved through the centuries, and how they might have evolved differently. Since then he has focused on how work can be made less boring and frustrating, how conversation can be less superficial, and how individuals can be more honest with one another, putting their masks aside.


  • The Political System of Napoleon III (1958)
  • Edited (with Anne Troisier de Diaz) Émile Ollivier, Journal: 1946-1863 (1961)
  • Émile Ollivier and the Liberal Empire of Napoleon III (1963)
  • Conflicts in French Society: Anticlericalism, Education and Morals in the Nineteenth Century: Essays (1970)
  • History of French Passions (5 volumes: Ambition and Love; Intellect and Pride; Taste and Corruption; Politics and Anger; Anxiety and Hypocrisy) (1973–1977)
  • The French (1982)
  • Foreword to Jeremy Jennings, Georges Sorel: The Character and Development of His Thought (1985)
  • Introduction to Le tunnel sous la Manche: chronique d'une passion franco-anglaise (1987)
  • Happiness (novel) (1988)
  • An Intimate History of Humanity (1994)
  • Conversation (2000)
  • Guide to an Unknown City (2004)
  • Guide to an Unknown University (2006)
  • Gary Hill & Gerry Judah (with Jenny Blyth) (2007)
  • The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future (2015)

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