Janet L. Polasky

Phone: (603) 862-3027
Office: History, Horton SSC Rm 420, Durham, NH 03824
Janet Polasky


  • Ph.D., Early Mod Eur History, Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., French, Carleton College
  • B.A., History, Carleton College

Research Interests

  • Comparative history
  • Eighteenth-century Atlantic Revolution
  • European women's history
  • Urban history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 444: Honors/Global Citizenship
  • HIST 565: Women in Modern Europe
  • HIST 566: Revolution in World pre-Marx
  • HIST 665: Top/Wm's Hist: Gender&Politics
  • HIST 695: Independent Study
  • HUMA 513: Modern World

Selected Publications

Revolutions between Nations, 1776-1789 (2015).

Polasky, J. L. (2015). Contemporary Urban Reform in London and Brussels. In Cities Beyond Borders: Comparative and Transnational Approaches to Urban History. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/199

Polasky, J. L. (2015). Revolutions Without Borders : The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/194

De Block, G., & Polasky, J. L. (2011). Light railways and the rural–urban continuum: technology, space and society in late nineteenth-century Belgium. Journal of Historical Geography. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/189

Polasky, J. L. (2010). Reforming Urban Labor : Routes to the City, Roots in the Country. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/195

Polasky, J. L. (2006). Liberal Nationalism and Modern Regional Identity, Revolutionary Belgium 1786-1831. In Liberty and the Search for Identity. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/210

Polasky, J. L. (2005). The Brabant Revolution, a Revolution in Historiographical Perception. Revue belge d’histoire contemporaine. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/207

Polasky, J. L. (2001). Een typisch Belgisch Fenomeen: de Werkmanstreinen en hun sociaal-economisch impact. In Sporen in België : 175 jaar spoorwegen, 75 jaar NMBS. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/222

Polasky, J. L. (2001). Transplanting and Rooting Workers in London and Brussels: A Comparative Perspective. The Journal of Modern History. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/221

Polasky, J. L. (1995). Le Patron. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/197

Polasky, J. L. (1995). The Democratic Socialism of Emile Vandervelde, Between Reform and Revolution. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/196

Polasky, J. L. (1990). Women in Revolutionary Belgium: The Source of our Greatest Strength. In Women and Politics in the Age of Democratic Revolution. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/229

Polasky, J. L. (1989). Counter-revolution in Comparative Perspective. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/231

Polasky, J. L. (1987). Revolution in Brussels 1787-1793. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/198

Polasky, J. L. (1986). Women in Revolutionary Belgium: From Stone Throwers to Hearth Tenders. History Workshop Journal, 21(1), 87-104. doi:10.1093/hwj/21.1.87

Polasky, J. L. (1984). Traditionalists, Democrats, and Jacobins in Revolutionary Brussels. The Journal of Modern History, 56(2), 227-262. doi:10.1086/242666

Polasky, J. L. (1981). Liberalism and Biculturalism. In Conflict and coexistence in Belgium : the dynamics of a culturally divided society. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/236

Polasky, J. L. (1980). Revolution, Industrialization, and the Brussels Commercial Bourgeoisie, 1780-1793. Revue belge d’histoire contemporaine. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/history_facpub/237