William J. Bouwsma Biography

William James Bouwsma (November 22, 1923–March 2, 2004) was an American scholar and historian of the European Renaissance. He was Sather Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.


Concordia mundi: the career and thought of Guillaume Postel, 1510-1581. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1957.

The interpretation of Renaissance humanism. Washington: Service Center for Teachers of History, 1959.

Venice and the defense of republican liberty; Renaissance values in the age of the Counter Reformation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968.

The culture of Renaissance humanism. Washington: American Historical Association, 1973.

John Calvin: a sixteenth-century portrait. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

A usable past: essays in European cultural history. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

The waning of the Renaissance, 1550-1640. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.