William Everdell

William Romeyn Everdell is an American teacher and author.[1]


Born in 1941, he graduated from St. Paul's School and from Princeton University.[2] A Woodrow Wilson Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, he holds a master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D in Modern Intellectual History from New York University, where his dissertation was advised by Frank Manuel.[3] 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, where he taught world history until retiring in 2016.[4][5][6][7] He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review,[8] and is the author of a number of books and articles on intellectual history and the 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.[9][10][11] Another, The First Moderns (1997) redefines "Modernism" as the abandonment of the continuous in favor of the discrete in the arts and sciences that began in the West in 1872–1913.

He has also written on the teaching of history, and served on the Test Development Committee for the first Advanced Placement World History Exams.[12] 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 was for many years an administrator at Saint Ann's. His sons, Josh and Chris, were born in 1971 and 1974, respectively.


  • “The Rosières Movement, 1766-1789: A Clerical Precursor of the Revolutionary Cults” in French Historical Studies 9:1(1975)
  • The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans, The Free Press, 1983, (2nd edition, University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Christian Apologetics in France, 1730-1790: The Roots of Romantic Religion, Edwin Mellen Press, 1987.
  • "The Problem of Continuity and the Origins of Modernism: 1870-1913," History of European Ideas, Pergamon Press, 1988.
  • “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 http://dhm.pdp6.org/archives/wre-republics.html
  • “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
  • “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)
  • The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth Century Thought, University of Chicago Press, 1997. (Paperback Edition 1998)
  • “Modernism at 100”, Prometheus I:1(1998–99)
  • Review of Taves, Fits, Trances and Visions in New York Times Book Review, (26 December 1999)
  • 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
  • “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.
  • “Enlightenment: A Rhetoric of Suspicion,” St. Ann’s Review 5:1(Winter/Spring, 2004), p22-33
  • “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: Grooming and Maintaining One's Reputation As an Independent Scholar on the Internet's Margin of Entropy,” Verlag der bibliographischen Geister, 2006.


  1. ^ Fiske, Edward B. (April 24, 1983). "New Priority: Technological Literacy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Princeton University".
  3. ^ Pace, Eric (May 25, 1983). "From a Pizza by Land to Fillet of Beef by Sea". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Marcus Cunliffe "The Best Form of Government THE END OF KINGS: A History of Republics and Republicans. By William R. Everdell. Free Press. 370 pp. $19.95.", Washington Post, January 22, 1884.
  5. ^ Publications, Europa (2003). International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781857431797.
  6. ^ Maistre, Joseph de (June 1, 1996). Against Rousseau: On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773566040.
  7. ^ Maeroff, Gene I. (November 17, 1983). "Classes on Nuclear War Move into Curriculums". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "The New York Times - Search". www.NYTimes.com. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "123rd Annual Meeting (January 2 - 5, 2009): Organization of History Teachers Book Talk". aha.confex.com. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  10. ^ McDowell, Edwin (November 13, 1983). "About Books and Authors". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "The 18th Brumaire of Just About Everybody: the Rise of Authoritarian Strongmen and How to Prevent and Reverse It". CounterPunch.org. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Winerip, Michael (June 18, 2003). "ON EDUCATION; Moving Quickly Through History". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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