Gregory Hanlon

University Research Professor 2006-2016; George Munro Chair in History; Interim Coordinator, European Studies Program

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

  • European Military History 1500-1750, forthcoming 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

  • (2007) International conference around my book: The Twilight of a Military Tradition, at Reggia di Venaria, Italy.  30 November - 1 December 2007, entitled Riflessioni sulla "Piedmontese exception."  Acts published under the title Il Piemonte come eccezione? Paola Bianchi ed., Torino. 2008
  • (2006 to 2016) Dalhousie University Research Professor
  • (2003) SSHRC High Performer, designated such by a doctoral research project by A. Chawla, under the direction of Dr. Steven Cronshaw, Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Guelph

Teaching 2019-2020

  • HIST 2015W - War and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 2062F - Civilization of Baroque Italy
  • HIST 3046F - Culture and Behaviour in France, 1550-1750 Part I
  • HIST 3047W - Culture and Behaviour in France, 1550-1750 Part II
  • HIST 4175F - Display Behaviour in Baroque Italy

Office Hours Winter Term 2020: 

  • Wednesdays: 13:00-14:30
  •  walk-in or by appointment