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Robert Forster

Robert Forster, American history professor. Franch Government fellow, 1953-1955; Social Scr. Research Council fellow France, 1962, 64; Guggenheim fellow Paris, 1969-1970; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1983-1984; recipient Prix Gaussail Academy Toulouse, 1954, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques award French Government, 1994; named Honorary Citizen Vieillevigne, France, 1977; Doctor Honoris Causa, Toulouse, 1985.


  • Forster, Robert was born on June 7, 1926 in New York City. Son of Theodore and Elise (Strobel) Forster.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Swarthmore College, 1949. Master of Arts in Modern European History, Harvard University, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1956.

      D. honoris causa, University Toulouse, France, 1985.


    • Instructor modern European history Johns Hopkins University, 1956-1957. Bissing fellow University Toulouse, France, 1957-1958. Assistant professor University Nebraska, 1958-1962.

      Associate professor Dartmouth, 1962-1965. Professor history Johns Hopkins, 1966-1996, professor emeritus, since 1996. Fellow Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1975-1976, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 1979-1980.

      United States representative International Congress History Sciences, 1975-1980.


    • Food, Power and Community: Essays in the History of Food and Drink
    • Did Jesus cook? Why do Australians eat so much sugar and drink lots of cold beer? Do our foods have regional flavours? When and why did Australian diets start to show American influences? Did women in early modern England drink to much? Are meat packers too powerful? What were the consequences of feeding the Irish well when they were convicts in Australia, but allowing them to starve when they obeyed the law at home? The authors of this book ask these questions and many more like them.


    Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Member International Commission for Study of French Revolution, Society French History Studies (president 1974), French Colonial History Society, Society Caribbean History, American History Association (council 1985-1988), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Elborg Hamacher, July 8, 1955. Children: Marc Richard, Thomas Theodore.
    • father: Theodore Forster
    • mother: Elise (Strobel) Forster
    • spouse: Elborg Hamacher
    • children: Marc Richard Forster
    • Thomas Theodore Forster
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    Born June 7, 1926
    • 1949
      Swarthmore College
    • 1951
      Harvard University
    • 1956
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1985
      University Toulouse
    • 1956 - 1957
      Instructor, modern European history Johns Hopkins University
    • 1957 - 1958
      Bissing fellow, University Toulouse
    • 1958 - 1962
      assistant, professor University Nebraska
    • 1962 - 1965
      associate, professor Dartmouth
    • 1975 - 1976
      fellow, Institute for Advanced Study
      Princeton, New Jersey, United States
    • 1975 - 1980
      United States representative Intern, ational Congress History Sciences
    • 1979 - 1980
      fellow, Institute for Advanced Study
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