Jay Winter

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Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus
Fields of interest: 

Europe: 20th century British & European history; War & society; History & memory


Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.  He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.  Previously, Winter taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University.  In 2001, he joined the faculty of Yale.  Winter is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995); Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory (2005); Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian moments in the twentieth century (2006); Rene Cassin and the rights of man (2012), and The Day the Great War Ended, 24 July 1923: The Civilianization of War (2023).  He was editor of the three volume Cambridge History of the First World War (2014), which has appeared in French and Chinese.   Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series ‘The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century’, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.  He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Graz, the University of Leuven, and the University of Paris.  He retired in 2015, and was awarded the Howard Lamar award for service to Yale alumni.