University of Rochester

Stewart A. Weaver

Position: Professor of History

Field: European History

Specialty: Modern British History; Himalayan History; Environmental History

Education: PhD, Stanford University, 1985

Contact Info

461 Rush Rhees Library
Dept. of History
Rochester, NY 14627-0070

phone: 585.275.9348
fax: 585.756.4425

Stewart A. Weaver

Fields of Interest:

Over the years, my work has ranged over various subjects in modern political and cultural history. My first two books--"John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism" and "The Hammonds: A Marriage in History"--grew out of my interests in British industrial and labor history, political reform, and twentieth-century British liberalism. Lately my interests have turned toward environmental history, specifically the cultural history of nature, land, and landscapes. In collaboration with Maurice Isserman (UR PhD 1979), I recently completed "Fallen Giants," a comprehensive history of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering that won the National Outdoor Book Award. I am currently at work on a short history of exploration for Oxford University Press. I teach surveys of British, Irish, and South Asian history and seminars on Environmental History and the History of Exploration.

Graduate Fields:

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields:
History of India and South Asia (Transnational)
Modern British History
Modern European History (Transnational)

Research Fields:
Environmental History (Transnational)
History of Exploration (Transnational)
Nature, Land, and Landscape (Transnational)

I will be accepting students for admission in Fall 2016.

Courses Offered:

Representative Publications:

  • Exploration: A Very Short Introduction (2015)
  • Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes with Maurice Isserman (2008) Amazon»
  • "The Bleak Age: J. H. Clapham, the Hammonds, and the Standard of Living in Victorian Britain," in Miles Taylor and Michael Wolff, eds., The Victorians Since 1901 (2004) Amazon»
  • "Christopher Lasch and the Politics of the Plain Style," Introduction to Christopher Lasch, Plain Style: A Guide to Written English, edited by Stewart Weaver (2002) Amazon»
  • The Hammonds: A Marriage in History (1997). Amazon»
  • John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism 1832-1847 (1987). Amazon»