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Volume 1, redone Dec. 2014


Volume 1


Orest's Pages

Patricia's Musings



Musical Rhetoric

Transcribed Sources


Orest Ranum's Vita


Department of History
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland 21218


Born: Lyle, Minnesota, February 18, 1933
Married, two children


B.A., Macalester College, 1955
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1957
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1960


Instructor, University of Southern California, 1959-60
Instructor, Columbia University, 1961-62
Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 1962-66
Associate Professor, Columbia University, 1966-70
Professor, The Johns Hopkins University, 1970- (now "emeritus")
College de France, 1994-95


Fulbright Fellow, Sorbonne, 1958-59
Fulbright Teaching Fellow, University of Strasbourg, 1959-60
Guggenheim Fellow, 1968-69
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1973-74



Richelieu and the Councillors of Louis XIII. Oxford, 1963.

Les Créatures de Richelieu: secrétaires d'État et surintendants des finances, 1635 1642. Paris, 1966. (Translation of Richelieu and the Councillors of Louis XIII.)

Paris in the Age of Absolutism. New York, 1968.

Les Parisiens du XVII siècle. Paris, 1973. (Translation of Paris in the Age of Absolutism.)

Artisans of Glory: Writers and Historical Thought in Seventeenth-Century France. Chapel Hill, 1980.

The Fronde, A French Revolution. New York, W.W. Norton, 1993.

La Fronde. Paris, Seuil, 1995.

Paris in the Age of Absolutism. Revised edition, University Park, PA, 2002

Editions and Anthologies

Searching for Modern Times: Discussion Problems and Readings. New York, 1969.

The Century of Louis XIV. With Patricia Ranum. New York, 1972.

Popular Attitudes Toward Birth Control in Pre-Industrial France and England. With Patricia Ranum. New York, 1972.

Biology of Man in History. With Robert Forster. Baltimore, 1975.

National Consciousness, History, and Culture in Early Modern Europe. Baltimore, 1975.

Rural Society in France. With Robert Forster. Baltimore, 1977.

Jacques Benigne Bossuet, Discourse on Universal History. Chicago, 1978.

Family and Society. With Robert Forster. Baltimore, 1978.

Deviants and the Abandoned in French Society. With Robert Forster, Baltimore, 1978.

Food and Drink in History. With Robert Forster. Baltimore, 1979.

Family and Society in France. With Robert Forster. Baltimore, 1980.

Mémoires de Guillaume Tronson sur les troubles de Paris au commencement de l'année 1649, Paris, 2003.

Some Articles (incomplete)

"Personalities and Politics in the Persian Letters." Political Science Quarterly LCCCIV (1969), pp. 606-27.

"Le Dix-Septième siècle français: recherches, préoccupations des historiens anglo américains." Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française XLI (1969), pp. 631-641.

"Revolts and Community in Seventeenth-Century Provence and Perigord." Journal of Interdisciplinary History VIII (1977), pp. 329-41.

"Faire de l'histoire." History and Theory XVII (1978), pp. 223-38.

"Courtesy, Absolutism, and the Rise of the French State, 1630-1660." Journal of Modern History LII (1980), pp. 426-51.

"The French Ritual of Tyrannicide in the Late Sixteenth Century." Sixteenth Century Journal XI (1980), pp. 63-82.

"D'Alembert, Tacitus, and the Political Sociology of Despotism." Transactions of the Fifth International Congress on the Enlightenment, II (1980), pp. 547-558.

"Counter-Identities of Western European Nations in the Early-Modern Period: Definitions and Points of Departure," in Concepts of National Identity, An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, ed. by Peter Boerner, Baden-Baden, 1986, pp. 63-78.

"Encrustation and Power in Early Modern French Baroque Culture." Yale French Studies, 80 (1991), pp. 202-226.

"Islands and the Self in a Ludovician Fete" in Sun King, ed. by David Lee Rubin, Folger Shakespeare Library (1992), pp. 17-34.

"Money, Dignity, and Self-Esteem in the Relations between Judges and Great Nobles of the Parlement of Paris during the Fronde" in Society and Institutions in Early Modern France, ed. by Mack P. Holt Atlanta, University of Georgia Press, 1992, pp. 117-131.

"Historiographes, historiographie et monarchie en France au XVIIe siècle," in Histoires de la France, Historiens de la France, ed. Y.-M. Bercé and Ph. Contamine, Paris, 1994, pp. 149-163.

"Strengthening the Noble Male Body: Guillaume du Choul on Ancient Bathing and Physical Exercise," in Politics, Ideology and the Law in Early Modern Europe, Essays in honor of J.H.M. Salmon, ed. by Adrianna E. Bakos, Rochester, NY, 1994, pp. 35-51.

"Eyeing Parisian Booksellers in 1752: A Page in the History of the Policeman's Docket," in Essays in European History, ed. by Caroline W. White, Lanham, MD, 1996, pp. 123-142.

"Documenting a Document: Desmarests de Saint-Sorlin, Scarron and Christina of Sweden," in The Documentary Impulse in French Literature, ed. by Buford Norman, Atlanta, 2001, pp. 1-11.