The Info List - Frederic C. Lane

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Frederic C. Lane (born November 23, 1900, in Lansing, Michigan–died October 14, 1984) was a historian who specialized in Medieval history with a particular emphasis on the Italian city and region of Venice.


1 Early life, education, and family 2 Academic career 3 Published works 4 Recognition 5 References

Early life, education, and family[edit] The son of Alfred Church Lane and his wife Susanne Foster (Lauriat) Lane, Frederic Lane received his B.A. from Cornell University
Cornell University
in 1921, his M.A. from Tufts College
Tufts College
in 1922, where he wrote a master's thesis on "The economic history of Europe during the first half of the sixteenth century",[1] and his Ph.D.
from Harvard University
Harvard University
in 1930 with a doctoral thesis on "Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries."[2] He began his graduate studies at the University of Bordeaux in 1923-24, then studied at the University of Vienna
University of Vienna
in 1924, before going to Harvard University
Harvard University
in 1925-26. While a Harvard graduate student he was John Thornton Kirkland Fellow for Research in Italy
in 1927-28. He married Harriet Whitney Mirick on 4 June 1927. The couple had three children.[3] Academic career[edit] He was appointed instructor in history at the University of Minnesota in 1926, before being hired at The Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
as an instructor. There, he served as an assistant professor from 1931 to 1935. Promoted to associate professor in 1936, and full professor in 1946, he retired in 1966 as professor emeritus.[3] Lane's research interests focused on the Italian city-state of Venice. His research on the city as a maritime trading center, particularly with his research in economic history, helped establish a standard for examining the development and growth of other Italian city-states. He applied his skills and interests in economic and maritime history to write the history of American wartime shipping during World War II. From 1951 to 1954, he was assistant director, Social Science division, Rockefeller Foundation, and advised on European policy.[4] He served as historian of the U.S. Maritime Commission, 1946-47. A member of the American Historical Association, he served as a member of council from 1959 to 1962, and was elected President of the American Historical Association for 1964-1965...[5] Active in a number of other professional organizations, he was editor of the Journal of Economic History, president of the Society for Italian Historical Studies in 1961-63, president of the American Historical Association in 1965, president of the Economic History Association 1956-58, and president of the International Economic History Association, 1966-1968. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Medieval Academy of America. Published works[edit]

Venetian ships and shipbuilders of the Renaissance (1934, 1975, 1979, 1992) Andrea Barbarigo, merchant of Venice, 1418-1449 (1944, 1967) The world’s history, Frederic C. Lane with Eric F. Goldman [and] Erling M. Hunt. Drawings by Robert Velde; maps by Harold K. Faye.(1947, 1950, 1954, 1959) Enterprise and secular change: readings in economic history. Edited for the American Economic Association and the Economic History Association by Frederic C. Lane, editor [and] Jelle C. Riemersma, assistant editor. (1953) Ships for victory : a history of shipbuilding under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II
World War II
by Frederic C. Lane ; with the collaboration of Blanche D. Coll, Gerald J. Fischer, David B. Tyler; charts by Joseph T. Reynolds (1951; with a new preface by Arthur Donovan, 2001). Navires et constructeurs à Venise pendant la Renaissance (Paris, 1965) Venice
and History: The Collected Papers of Frederic C. Lane, edited by a committee of colleagues and former students. Foreword by Fernand Braudel (1966)[6] Studies in Venetian social and economic history by Frederic C. Lane; edited by Benjamin G. Kohl and Reinhold C. Mueller (1987). Venice, a Maritime Republic, 1973, Longitude Books[7] Profits from power : readings in protection rent and violence-controlling enterprises (1979) Money and Banking in Medieval and Renaissance Venice
vol. 1, Coins and moneys of account by Frederic C. Lane and Reinhold C. Mueller (1985); vol. 2, The Venetian money market: banks, panics, and the public debt, 1200-1500 by Reinhold C. Mueller (1997).

Recognition[edit] International recognition of his scholarship included:[8]

The Journal of Economic History dedicated its December 1980 edition to him on the occasion of his 80th birthday. In 1980 he received the International Galileo Galilei Prize, awarded annually to a non-Italian scholar for notable contributions to Italian culture and history. In 1984 he was awarded the International Prize of the Francesco Saverio Nitto Foundation.


^ Tufts University Library catalogue. ^ Harvard University
Harvard University
Library catalogue ^ a b Who was Who in America ^ Gemelli, Giuliana, Leadership and Mind: Frederic C. Lane as Cultural Entrepreneur and Diplomat, in Minerva, vol. 41, #2, June 2003, pp. 115-132 ^ Presidential Address, American Historical Association ^ Venice
and History ^ Venice, a maritime republic ^ Obituary in the Journal of Economic History, 1986

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Presidents of the American Historical Association


Andrew Dickson White
Andrew Dickson White
(1884-85) George Bancroft
George Bancroft
(1886) Justin Winsor
Justin Winsor
(1887) William Frederick Poole
William Frederick Poole
(1888) Charles Kendall Adams
Charles Kendall Adams
(1889) John Jay (1890) William Wirt Henry (1891) James Burrill Angell
James Burrill Angell
(1892-93) Henry Adams
Henry Adams
(1893-94) George Frisbie Hoar
George Frisbie Hoar
(1895) Richard Salter Storrs
Richard Salter Storrs
(1896) James Schouler (1897) George Park Fisher (1898) James Ford Rhodes
James Ford Rhodes
(1899) Edward Eggleston
Edward Eggleston


Charles Francis Adams Jr.
Charles Francis Adams Jr.
(1901) Alfred Thayer Mahan
Alfred Thayer Mahan
(1902) Henry Charles Lea
Henry Charles Lea
(1903) Goldwin Smith
Goldwin Smith
(1904) John Bach McMaster
John Bach McMaster
(1905) Simeon Eben Baldwin
Simeon Eben Baldwin
(1906) J. Franklin Jameson (1907) George Burton Adams (1908) Albert Bushnell Hart
Albert Bushnell Hart
(1909) Frederick Jackson Turner
Frederick Jackson Turner
(1910) William Milligan Sloane
William Milligan Sloane
(1911) Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
(1912) William Archibald Dunning (1913) Andrew C. McLaughlin
Andrew C. McLaughlin
(1914) H. Morse Stephens
H. Morse Stephens
(1915) George Lincoln Burr
George Lincoln Burr
(1916) Worthington C. Ford (1917) William Roscoe Thayer
William Roscoe Thayer
(1918-19) Edward Channing (1920) Jean Jules Jusserand
Jean Jules Jusserand
(1921) Charles Homer Haskins
Charles Homer Haskins
(1922) Edward Potts Cheyney
Edward Potts Cheyney
(1923) Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
(1924) Charles McLean Andrews
Charles McLean Andrews


Dana Carleton Munro
Dana Carleton Munro
(1926) Henry Osborn Taylor (1927) James Henry Breasted
James Henry Breasted
(1928) James Harvey Robinson
James Harvey Robinson
(1929) Evarts Boutell Greene (1930) Carl L. Becker (1931) Herbert Eugene Bolton
Herbert Eugene Bolton
(1932) Charles A. Beard
Charles A. Beard
(1933) William Dodd (1934) Michael Rostovtzeff
Michael Rostovtzeff
(1935) Charles Howard McIlwain (1936) Guy Stanton Ford (1937) Laurence M. Larson (1938) William Scott Ferguson (1939) Max Farrand
Max Farrand
(1940) James Westfall Thompson (1941) Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. (1942) Nellie Neilson (1943) William Linn Westermann
William Linn Westermann
(1944) Carlton J. H. Hayes (1945) Sidney Bradshaw Fay (1946) Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Thomas J. Wertenbaker
(1947) Kenneth Scott Latourette
Kenneth Scott Latourette
(1948) Conyers Read (1949) Samuel Eliot Morison
Samuel Eliot Morison


Robert Livingston Schuyler (1951) James G. Randall (1952) Louis R. Gottschalk (1953) Merle Curti (1954) Lynn Thorndike
Lynn Thorndike
(1955) Dexter Perkins (1956) William L. Langer (1957) Walter Prescott Webb
Walter Prescott Webb
(1958) Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
(1959) Bernadotte Everly Schmitt (1960) Samuel Flagg Bemis (1961) Carl Bridenbaugh (1962) Crane Brinton (1963) Julian P. Boyd (1964) Frederic C. Lane (1965) Roy Franklin Nichols (1966) Hajo Holborn (1967) John K. Fairbank (1968) C. Vann Woodward
C. Vann Woodward
(1969) Robert Roswell Palmer (1970) David M. Potter (1971) Joseph Strayer (1971) Thomas C. Cochran (1972) Lynn Townsend White Jr. (1973) Lewis Hanke (1974) Gordon Wright (1975)


Richard B. Morris (1976) Charles Gibson (1977) William J. Bouwsma (1978) John Hope Franklin (1979) David H. Pinkney (1980) Bernard Bailyn (1981) Gordon A. Craig
Gordon A. Craig
(1982) Philip D. Curtin (1983) Arthur S. Link (1984) William H. McNeill (1985) Carl Neumann Degler (1986) Natalie Zemon Davis
Natalie Zemon Davis
(1987) Akira Iriye (1988) Louis R. Harlan (1989) David Herlihy (1990) William Leuchtenburg (1991) Frederic Wakeman (1992) Louise A. Tilly (1993) Thomas C. Holt (1994) John Henry Coatsworth (1995) Caroline Bynum (1996) Joyce Appleby (1997) Joseph C. Miller (1998) Robert Darnton
Robert Darnton
(1999) Eric Foner
Eric Foner


William Roger Louis (2001) Lynn Hunt (2002) James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson
(2003) Jonathan Spence (2004) James J. Sheehan
James J. Sheehan
(2005) Linda K. Kerber (2006) Barbara Weinstein (2007) Gabrielle M. Spiegel (2008) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
(2009) Barbara D. Metcalf (2010) Anthony Grafton
Anthony Grafton
(2011) William Cronon
William Cronon
(2012) Kenneth Pomeranz
Kenneth Pomeranz
(2013) Jan E. Goldstein (2014) Vicki L. Ruiz (2015) Patrick Manning (2016) Tyler E. Stovall (2017) Mary Beth Norton (2018)

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