John B. Roney, Ph.D.
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
- 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
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.