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Merle Eugene Curti (September 15, 1897 – March 9, 1996) was a leading American historian, who taught many graduate students at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin, and was a leader in developing the fields of social history and intellectual history. He directed 86 finished Ph.D. dissertations and had an unusually wide range of correspondents. As a Progressive historian he was deeply committed to democracy, and to the Turnerian thesis that social and economic forces shape American life, thought and character. He was a pioneer in peace studies, intellectual history, and social history, and helped develop quantitative methods based on census samples as a tool in historical research. Curti was born in Papillion, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha, on September 15, 1897. His parents were John Eugene Curti, an immigrant from Switzerland, and Alice Hunt, a Yankee from Vermont. Curti attended high school in Omaha then obtained a bachelor's degree in 1920 from Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude. He then spent a year studying in France where he met Margaret Wooster, 1898–1963, who had a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was a pioneer in research on child psychology. They married in 1925 and had two daughters. Curti received his Ph.D. in 1927 from Harvard as one of the last students of Frederick Jackson Turner.
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Born: 1897, Papillion
Died: 1996, Madison

Alternate Names: Curti, Merle (Merle Eugene), 1897-1996, Curti, Merle, 1897-, Curti, Merle Eugene, 1897-, Curti, Merle, Curti, Merle Eugene, 1897-1996, Merle Eugene Curti, Curti, Merle (Merle Eugene), 1897-1997, Curti, Merle 1897-1996., カーチ, M, Curti, Merle E. 1897-1996 (Merle Eugene),, Curti, Merle E. 1897-, Curti, Merle E. 1897-1996, Curti, Merle Eugene, Curti, Merle E.
Occupation(s): historian
Field(s) of Work: history of peace, social history, history of ideas
Employer(s): Smith College, Columbia University
Associated Place(s): United States

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