John B. Roney, Ph.D.

John B. Roney, Ph.D.

Professor , History

John Roney is a historian of modern Europe with particular interests in Ireland, the Low Countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg), France, and Switzerland. This collection of states includes French, Dutch, Irish, and English-speaking regions of Europe, and also highlights some of the smaller states of Europe that were not incorporated into lager hegemonies as many pre-existing states fell pretty to more powerful overlords. These regions also are home to a mixture of religious institutions, primary Roman Catholic and Reformed churches, which create a great opportunity to compare and contrast their development over several centuries.

While many of his publications are on intellectual and religious history, in the last decade Roney has also turned to maritime environmental history, with a study of the history of commercial fishing and fisheries in the North Atlantic Ocean. This study incorporates an interest in the political-economy in this region as well as an attention to the historical ecology and oceanography within which the fishing industry developed.

Degrees and Certifications

    • B.A. The King’s College, Economics, 1975. M.A. Wheaton College, History, 1980. Thesis: "Wessel Gansfort: Precursor to the Reformation." Advisor: Mark Noll.
    • Ph.D. University of Toronto, History. Dissertation: "Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigné: Historian of Christianity in an Age of Revolution." Advisor: C.T. McIntire

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Modern France
    • Celtic and Irish History
    • History of Coastal Communities in the North Atlantic
    • History of Western Civilization since 1500

Research Interests and Grants

    • Modern Ireland
    • Maritime Environmental History
    • Modern France
    • Modern Netherlands

Publications and Presentations

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    The Inside of History: Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné and Romantic Historiography. Studies in Historiography Series, edited by John David Smith. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

    The Identity of Geneva: The Christian Commonwealth, 1564-1864. convener, co-editor with Martin Klauber. Foreword by Robert Kingdon. Introduction (Roney) and "Notre Bienheureuse Réformation: The Meaning of the Reformation in Nineteenth-Century Geneva." Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.

    Culture and Customs of the Netherlands. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press of ABC Clio, 2009.

    One of several editors, From a land beyond the wave: Connecticut’s Irish Rebels, 1798-1916, The Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society, chief editor and author Neil Hogan, second author Patrick Mahoney. Preface Cormac O’Malley. The Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society, 2016.

    Landscape of Promise and Ruin: Culture, Identity and Reality in the Irish West, 1830-1930, edited by John B. Roney & Irene Whelan. Roney Introduction. Chapters “Rooted in the West: Douglas Hyde’s Irish Ireland”; “Tourism and the Wild Atlantic Way.” Forthcoming Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

    Sea, Land, and Spirit: Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland, edited by John B. Roney, Mark Beekey, and Enda McGovern. In negotiation Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Contributor, introductions, editor et al. Readings in CivilizationsMcGraw-Hill College Custom Series; and selections editor et al. The Western Experience and History of the Modern World, by Mortimer Chambers, R.R. Palmer, et al. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992, 1993.

    [mis-]Managing Fisheries in the West Coast of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century.” In Bayscapes: Shaping the Coastal Interface through Time, Edited by Poul Holm, series for the Oceans Past Platform, Trinity College, Dublin. Leiden: Sidestone Press. Forthcoming 2018. 

    “Negotiating the Middle Ground: Thomas Moore on Religion and Irish Independence.” InRepresenting Irish religious histories: historiography, ideology, and practice. Edited by Jacqueline Hill and Mary Ann Lyons. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. Forthcoming 2016.

    “Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigné.” In International Perspectives on the Nineteenth Century Réveil: A Collection of Essays, Edited by Kenneth J. Stewart and Jean D. Decorvet. Geneva: Labor et Fides, 2015.

    The French Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church.” In The Theology of the French Reformed Church: From Henri IV to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Edited by Martin E. Klauber. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2014
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