John P. McKay

John P. McKay, born in St. Louis, Missouri, is a professor of history and an author. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1961, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He became a professor of history at the University of Illinois in 1976,[1] where he holds the position of Professor Emeritus of history. McKay specializes in modern French history, and nineteenth-century European economic and social history.[2]

In 1970 McKay won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for his book Pioneers for Profit: Foreign Entrepreneurship and Russian Industrialization, 1885-1913 (1970). He has translated Jules Michelet's The People (1973) and has written Tramways and Trolleys: The Rise of Urban Mass Transport in Europe (1976), as well as more than a hundred articles, book chapters and reviews. He contributed to Imagining the Twentieth Century (1997), edited by Charles C. Stewart and Peter Fritzsche, as well as Europe, 1789-1914 (2006), edited by John Merriman and Jay Winters.[1]

Among other publications McKay have made contributions to are A History of World Societies and A History of Western Society, both published in several editions. A History of Western Society is often used in Advanced Placement European History classes.


  1. 1 2 McKay, John P.; Hill, Bennett D.; Buckler, John; Ebrey, Patricia B.; & Beck, Roger B. (2007). A History of World Societies (7th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, vi. ISBN 978-0-618-61093-8.
  2. University of Illinois - Department of History. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.

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