Gregory Hanlon

George Munro Chair in History and Distinguished Research Professor

GH Bologna 2023  1

Phone: 902-494-3642
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
Room 3176, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Early modern Italian and French history
  • Behavioural history
  • Baroque civilizations
  • War and society
  • Legal history
  • Material culture
  • Human ethology and social psychology


  • Licence és Lettres (Bordeaux)
  • MA (Toronto)
  • Doctorat du 3e cycle (Bordeaux)

Selected publications

  • Death Control in the West 15001800, forthcoming 2022.
  • European Military History 1500-1750,  Rutledge, 2020
  • Italy 1636:  Cemetery of Armies Oxford University Press, 2016
  • The Hero of Italy: The duke of Parma and the Thirty Years' War.  Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Vita Rurale in Terra Di Siena Nel Seicento Natura. Pascal Editrice, 2008. 
  • Human Nature in Rural Tuscany: an early modern history. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007. (Italian translation completed, by dott. Simone Caffari).
  • The Origins of Modern Italy 1550-1800; Three seasons in European History. London & New York,  Palgrave, 2000 (Italian translation, Il Mulino, Storia dell’Italia moderna, Bologna, 2002).
  • The Twilight of a Military Tradition: Italian Aristocrats and European Conflicts, 1560-1800. London, University College London Press, (now Taylor & Francis) 1998.
  • Confession and Community in Seventeenth-Century France:  Catholic and Protestant coexistence in Aquitaine. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993, 312 pp.
  • L’Univers des gens de bien: Culture et comportements des élites urbaines en Aquitaine au 17e siècle, Bordeaux, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 1989

Awards and honours

  • 1984 Prix Tonnadre, Société Académique d'Agen, for doctoral thesis, Culture et comportements des élites urbaines en Agenais-Condomois au 17e siècle.
  • 1992 Brewer Prize, American Society for Church History, for best book manuscript in any field of religious history.
  • 1998 Marraro Prize, Society for Italian Historical Studies, for best book in Italian history published in 1998
  • 2017 Induction into the Académie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux
  • 2019 Dalhousie University, Munro Professor of History
  • 2022 Dalhousie University, Distinguished Research Professor

Teaching and Syllabi

Fall 2023

Winter 2024

  • HIST 3008W Florence and Tuscany under the Medici
  • HIST 4175/EURO 4512W Splendour & Display

Winter 2024 Office Hours

  • Wednesday and Thursday 3:00-4:30
  • Walk-ins available if door open

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