Charles Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University and resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). Maier was CES director from 1994-2001 and in the fall of 2006.
Maier was a distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington during the spring of 2011, taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and was a Humboldt Prize Fellow in Berlin. Maier’s Leviathan 2.0: Inventing Modern State was published in autumn 2012 as a contribution to A World Connecting, vol. 5, edited by A. Iriye and J. Osterhammel. Other books include Once Within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging since1500 (2016); Among Empires: American Ascendancy and its Predecessors (2006); Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany (1997), The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity (1988), In Search of Stability: Explorations in Historical Political Economy (1987), and Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975, 1988, and 2015). He directs the Weatherhead Center’s Initiative in Global History (WIGH) with Sven Beckert.
Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History, Harvard University
Any geopolitical order based on cities must depend upon the partial dismantling of the territorial state order and thus of the notion of a unitary sovereignty as it developed from the Renaissance until very recently. Is that really plausible in this day and age? – Charles Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History & CES Resident Faculty