Political Power and Ideology (1980-1982)

Suffrage parade NYC, 1912

During the academic years 1980/81 and 1981-1982, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of political power and ideology.

Topics Included:

  • Catholicism and authority
  • Capitalism
  • Collective violence
  • Symbolic behavior
  • Aristocratic and upper class ideology
  • Conspiracy and deceit
  • Property and power
  • Legitimacy
  • Political control
  • Racist ideology
  • The welfare state
  • Social reform
  • Communication and control

Davis Center Fellows


  • Sarah Hanley, The University of Iowa
  • Baruch Knei-Paz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Lionel McKenzie, Australian Archives
  • Harold Perkin, Northwestern University
  • Gary A. Puckrein, Rutgers University
  • Woodruff D. Smith, The University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Maurice Agulhon, College de France
  • Rhys Isaac, La Trobe University
  • Alf Luedtke, Max Planck Institute fuer Geschichte
  • Richard L. McCormick, Rutgers University
  • Elizabeth Traube, Wesleyan University

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volume

Rites of Power Edited by Sean Wilentz

Rites of Power: Symbolism, Ritual, and Politics Since the Middle Ages

Edited by Sean Wilentz
Copyright 1985 University of Pennsylvania Press