Dr. Hugh A. West

Associate Professor of History, Emeritus


Hugh West is working on a study of the intellectual/cultural world of late-Eighteenth-century Europe, especially Germany, through the prism of the life of Georg Forster, 1754-94--a life embracing Catherine the Great's Russia, Cook's second voyage, various German cultural centers, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, revolutionary Mainz, and Paris under the Terror. Various aspects of that study have been published as articles and essays.

He has also devoted much of his career to academic administration, having been over the years (all at the University of Richmond) Coordinator of the Program for the Enhancement of Teaching Effectiveness, Director of the Graduate School, Coordinator of the Core Course, and Chair of the History Department.



"Knowledge, Brotherhood, and Love: Georg Forster in Vienna, 1784," Jahrbuch der Oesterreichischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des Achtzehnten Jahrhunderts 18/19: 337-51.

"Writing Forster's Biography: An American's Perspective," Forster Studien VII: 223-231.

"The Political Ambiguity of Brotherhood: Georg Forster and the Rosicrucians," Proceedings of the Twenty-First Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1991, pp. 67-74.

"The Limits of Enlightenment Anthropology: Georg Forster and the Tahitians," History of European Ideas 10 (1989): 147-60. (Co-winner, Maxwell Prize, 1988). [German translation in Quator Coronati.  Jahrbuch 31 (1994).]

"Georg Forster and the Meaning of the French Revolution," Proceedings of the Thirteenth Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Charleston, South Carolina, 1983, pp. 288-305.

"Göttingen and Weimar:  The Organization of Knowledge and Social Theory in Eighteenth-Century Germany."  Central European History 11 (1978):150-61.


Ph.D., Stanford University

Contact Information

315 Ryland Hall
(804) 289-8346
(804) 287-1992 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Modern European Intellectuals
German Enlightenment
Georg Forster and his world