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Peter Baldwin

Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Baldwin is a professor of history at UCLA. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1978 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1986.

Among his publications are “The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State 1875-1975” (Cambridge, 1990), “Reworking the Past: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians’ Debate” (Beacon, 1990), “Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930” (Cambridge, 1999), “Disease and Democracy: The State Faces AIDS in the Developed World” (University of California and Milbank Foundation, 2005).

His most recent book is and the author of “The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike” (Oxford, 2009). He is currently working on a comparative history of privacy.

Articles by Peter Baldwin

Why a Transatlantic Chasm?

Why do myths about a "transatlantic gap" persist, despite little supporting evidence?

February 3, 2010

Astonishing Transatlantic Cultural Comparisons

Are the United States and Europe really as divergent when it comes to social values as is commonly believed?

February 2, 2010

Europe Vs. America: Some Inconvenient Environmental Truths

How does the United States stack up to Europe when it comes to environmental matters?

February 1, 2010

Social Policy: How Wide a Transatlantic Gap?

Is the United States really that different from Europe in terms of its social policy?

January 29, 2010

How America and Europe Are Alike

Are Europe and the United States really as different as is commonly assumed?

January 28, 2010