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George Rudé

George Rudé

Courtesy of Harvey J. Kaye and the UWGB Center for History and Social Change

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George Rudé was born in Oslo in 1910 to a Norwegian father and a Scottish mother and, after serving as a fireman in London during the Blitz and later teaching in a variety of London schools, held professorships at Adelaide and Flinders Universities in Australia and then at Concordia University in Montreal.

His numerous books include Wilkes and Liberty, Ideology and Popular Protest, The Crowd in the French Revolution and, with Eric Hobsbawm, Captain Swing. One of the twentieth century's most innovative historians, his work has been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Hungarian. He died in 1993.

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