Karsten, Peter 1938-

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KARSTEN, Peter 1938-

PERSONAL: Born July 27, 1938, in New Haven, CT; son of Paul Daggett and Ceil (O'Brien) Karsten; married Bonnie Klein, June 26, 1965; children: Heather, Adam, Amanda. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1960; University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1968. Politics: Democrat.

ADDRESSES: Home—309 Overdale Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Office—Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. E-mail—pjk2@ pitt.edu.

CAREER: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, began as assistant professor, 1967, professor of history, 1977—, professor of history and sociology, 1981—, chairman of department of history, 1983—. Consultant, Hudson Institute, 1973-80; codirector, with Peter Stearns, of Pittsburgh Center for Social History, 1985-98. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1960-63; became lieutenant junior grade.

MEMBER: Organization of American Historians, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Frederick Jackson Turner research fellowship, Wisconsin, 1965-66; University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, several research grants, 1968-1997; American Philosophical Society grants, 1968 and 1970; American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 1972-73; Phi Alpha Theta Best Book Award, 1973; guest professor, University College, Dublin, 1979-80, and Augsburg University, 1988; Fulbright research fellow, Alexander Turn-bull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, 1993; Surrency (best article) Prize of the American Society for Legal History, 1992; fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Property Rights, School of Law, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1999.


The Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Modern American Navalism, Free Press (New York, NY), 1972.

(Contributor) J. Israel, editor, Building the Organizational Society, Free Press (New York, NY), 1972.

(Contributor) John Lovell and Philip Kronenberg, editors, The New Civil-Military Relations, Transaction (New Brunswick, NJ), 1973.

(Editor) International Poverty and Social Welfare Policies: A Study of Seven Countries, Hudson Institute (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), 1975.

(Contributor) K. Knorr, editor, Historical Dimensions of National Security Problems, University of Kansas Press (Lawrence, KS), 1977.

Law, Soldiers, and Combat: The Causes of War Crimes and Their Prevention, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1978.

Soldiers and Society: The Effects of Military Service and War on American Life, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1978.

Patriot-Heroes in England and America: Political Symbolism and Changing Values over Three Centuries, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1978.

(Editor) The Military in America: From the Colonial Era to the Present, Free Press (New York, NY), 1981, reprinted, 1986.

(With A. F. Allen and P. Howell) Military Threats: A Systematic Historical Analysis of the Determinants of Success, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1984.

(Editor, with John Modell) Theory, Method, and Practice in Social and Cultural History, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

Heart versus Head: Judge-Made Law in Nineteenth-Century America, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC), 1997.

(Editor and author of introduction) Civil-Military Relations, Garland (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor and author of introduction) The Military-State-Society Symbiosis, Garland (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor and author of introduction) Motivating Soldiers: Morale or Mutiny, Garland (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor and author of introduction) Recruiting, Drafting, and Enlisting: Two Sides of the Raising of Military Forces, Garland (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor and author of introduction) The Training and Socializing of Military Personnel, Garland (New York, NY), 1998.

Between Law and Custom: High and Low Legal Cultures in the Lands of the British Diaspora—the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, 1600-1900, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2002.

Contributor of articles to journals, including Military Affairs, Foreign Policy, American Quarterly, Journal of Social History, and Parameters. Member of editorial board, Armed Forces and Society and Forarmes.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the consequences of tourism.

SIDELIGHTS: Peter Karsten is interested in how law impacts society and the ways in which the military and society impact one another. Historian contributor Sally E. Hadden praised Karsten's Heart versus Head: Judge-Made Law in Nineteenth-Century America for its "drastic rereading of our legal past." Hadden further stated, "Although Karsten's explanation for the origins of a heart-based jurisprudence needs greater elaboration, he has challenged the traditional scholarship of nineteenth-century jurisprudence in a way that few will forget."



American Historical Review, October, 1985, Keith L. Nelson, review of Military Threats: A Systematic Historical Analysis of the Determinants of Success, p. 908.

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, March, 1986, Theresa C. Smith, review of Military Threats, p. 161.

Historian, fall, 2000, Sally E. Hadden, review of Heart versus Head: Judge-Made Law in Nineteenth-Century America, p. 154.

Journal of American History, September, 1998, Herbert Hovenkamp, review of Heart versus Head, p. 666.

Library Journal, May 15, 1980, Joseph G. Dawson, review of The Military in America, p. 1163.*