Barnard, F.M. 1921-

views updated

Barnard, F.M. 1921-

(Frederick Mechner Barnard)


Born January 25, 1921, in Moravská Ostrava (now Ostrava), Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic); naturalized British citizen; son of Albert (a merchant) and Gisela (an accountant) Mechner; married Rachel Zeisler, August, 1941 (died April 12, 1950); married Margot Auguste Martha Mann (an artist), October 27, 1951; children: Yvonne Ruth. Ethnicity: Czech/British. Education: Oxford University, B.A. (hons.), 1947, diploma of education, 1949, M.A., 1951; University of Leicester, Ph.D., 1962. Hobbies and other interests: Music, skating, skiing, bush walking.


Home—Miller Lake, Ontario, Canada.


Worked at odd jobs in England, including farm worker in Tingrith, Bedfordshire, England, and shoe repairer in Oxford, England, 1939-43; lecturer in economics and department head at a grammar school in Leicester, England, 1948-59; University of Salford, Salford, England, senior lecturer in economics and political science and director of social studies, 1959-64; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, associate professor, 1964-65, professor of political science, 1965-70, department chair, 1964-65; University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, professor of politics, 1970-86, professor emeritus, 1986—. University of Leicester, England, extra-mural lecturer, 1948-59; leader of annual student tours of Europe. Military service: British Army, 1943-45; served in Europe; received King's Medal for loyal service.


Fellow of German Academic Exchange Service, 1959, 1960, 1963-64; grant from German Federal Research Foundation, 1964; senior research fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1964, 1970, 1978; Canada Council, grants, 1965, 1967, fellowships, 1969-70, 1976-77; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, grant, 1981-82, fellowship, 1983-84; Prize for the Advancement of Herder Studies, International Herder Society, 2002.


Swischen Aufklärung und Politischer Romantik (title means "Between Enlightenment and Political Romanticism"), Erich Schmidt Verlag (Berlin, Germany), 1964.

Herder's Social and Political Thought, Clarendon Press (Oxford, England), 1965, 2nd edition, 1967.

(Translator, editor, and author of introduction) Herder on Social and Political Culture, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1969.

Self-Direction and Political Legitimacy: Rousseau and Herder, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1988.

Pluralism, Socialism, and Political Legitimacy: Reflections on Opening Up Communism, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1991.

Democratic Legitimacy, McGill-Queen's University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2001.

Herder on Nationality, Humanity, and History, McGill-Queen's University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2003.

Reason and Self-Enactment in History and Politics: Themes and Voices of Modernity, McGill-Queen's University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Socialism with a Human Face: Slogan and Substance, University of Saskatchewan Press (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), 1973; Culture and Legitimacy, edited by Toivo Miljan, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), 1982; Sophia and Praxis: The Boundaries of Politics, edited by J.M. Porter, Chatham House (Chatham, Ontario, Canada), 1984; Modern Political Theory: From Hobbes to Marx, Routledge (London, England), 1989; and Czechoslovakia: Seventy Years, Macmillan (London, England), 1991. Contributor of articles and reviews to journals in the United States, England, and Canada, including Journal of the History of Ideas, American Political Science Review, Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, Political Studies, East Central Europe, History and Theory, and Modern Language Review.



Porter, J.M., and Richard Vernon, editors, Unity, Plurality, and Politics: Essays in Honour of F.M. Barnard, Croom Helm (London, England), 1986.

About this article

Barnard, F.M. 1921-

Updated About content Print Article