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Geoffrey Symcox

Professor Emeritus

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Office  5381 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-1370

Professor Symcox works in early modern European history, up to and including the French Revolution. His focus of interest has always been the development of the absolutist state, construed in a broad social context.

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Selected Publications

War, Diplomacy and Imperialism 1618-1763 (New York; Harper & Row, 1973)

The Crisis of French Sea Power 1688-1697: From the Guerre d'Escadre to the Guerre de Course (The Hague; Martinus Nijhoff, 1974)

Victor Amadeus II: Absolutism in the Savoyard State1675-1730 (London; Thames & Hudson: Berkeley & Los Angeles; University of California Press, 1983). Italian translation of this work, Vittorio Amedeo II: l'assolutismo sabaudo 1675-1730 (Turin; SEI, 1985); French translation, Victor-Amédée II. L'absolutisme dans l'État savoyard 1675-1730 (Chambéry; La Salévienne, 2008)

Seven chapters in G. Ricuperati (ed.), Storia di Torino, vol. 4, (Turin; Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2002)

With Giovanna Rabitti, Italian Reports on America, 1493-1522: Letters, Dispatches and Papal Bulls. Vol. 10 of the Repertorium Columbianum (Turnhout, Belgium; Brepols 2001)

With Jesús Carrillo, Las Casas on Columbus: The Third Voyage. Vol. 11 of the Repertorium Columbianum (Turnhout, Belgium; Brepols 2001)

With Luciano Formisano, Italian Reports on America, 1493-1522: Accounts by Contemporary Observers. Vol. 12 of the Repertorium Columbianum (Turnhout, Belgium; Brepols, 2002)

Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies, co-authored with Blair Sullivan (New York & Boston; Bedford-St. Martins Press 2005)

History of Turin, co-authored with Anthony Cardoza (Turin; Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2004); simultaneous publication in Italian as Storia di Torino