Fifty years of French Revolution: celebrating Peter McPhee

The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne is delighted to invite you to celebrate “Fifty years of French Revolution” on 7 December 2020 at 6.30 pm.


Professor Peter McPhee has taught this subject for the fiftieth and last time this semester.

Please join us for a celebration and to congratulate Peter on this milestone. This will be a wonderful celebration!

An email will follow with a formal invitation and a Zoom link for the event.

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Professor Peter McPhee.

About Professor Peter McPhee

Professor McPhee completed a BA (Hons 1st Class), Dip.Ed., MA (Hons 1st Class) and PhD at UOM. He was an honours student in the program from 1966 to 1969. He became a tutor in the department, as it was, early in the 1970s, working for Alison Patrick’s large first-year subject on the French Revolution and then undertook his doctorate at UOM.

After he spent a little time teaching at La Trobe (1975-1979), then he took up a post at the Victoria University of Wellington (1980-1986) and returned to the department at UOM from there in the early 1980s, already established internationally in the field. Peter was promoted in the early 1990s to a personal chair in history. Peter was a well-known and popular teacher and supervisor in the history program during his time teaching with us. Some of the key subjects he taught were Age of Revolutions, The French Revolution and Varieties of History.

He served as Head of the Department of History in 1996-99. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1997. In the same year he became an inaugural 'Universitas 21' Teaching Fellow. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was an Officer of the Academic Board 1999-2003 and its President in 2002-03.

He has published widely on the history of modern France, notably A Social History of France 1780-1880 (London, 1992), Revolution and Environment in Southern France, 1780-1830 (Oxford, 1999), Living The French Revolution 1789-1799 (Basingstoke, 2006), and Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life (2012). His most recent book is Liberty or Death. The French Revolution (2016).