Caroline Robbins: An Anglo-American Historian

  • Lois G. Schwoerer


Caroline Robbins was an Anglo-American historian whose major book, The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman, and numerous articles transformed our understanding of the relationship between seventeenth-century English and eighteenth-century American political ideas. Born in England in 1903, Robbins emigrated to the United States where she taught at Bryn Mawr College from 1929 to 1971. The American historical community recognized her work with several national awards. Robbins and a few other contemporary women historians established that professionally trained women were worthy of professorial appointment and scholarly recognition. Together, they marked a change in the position of women historians in the United States. Robbins died in 1999.

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  • Lois G. Schwoerer
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  1. 1.George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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