Robert K. Webb

Robert Kiefer Webb (November 23, 1922 February 15, 2012) was an American historian.[1]

Webb was educated at Oberlin College, taking his AB summa cum laude in 1947.[1] He served in the United States Army Artillery during World War II, rising to master sergeant.[1] In 1951 he received a PhD from Columbia University.[1] In his historical works, Webb focused on Britain's avoidance of revolution during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as religious dissent.[1]

In 1966 he translated Élie Halévy's Era of Tyrannies: Essays on Socialism and War into English.[1] In 1992 he was honored with a festschrift, Religion and Irreligion in Victorian Society: Essays in Honor of R. K. Webb edited by R. W. Davis and R. J. Helmstadter.[1]


  • The British Working Class Reader, 1790–1848: Literacy and Social Tension (1955).
  • Harriet Martineau: A Radical Victorian (1960).
  • Modern England (1968).
  • (with Peter Gay), Modern Europe since 1815 (1980).


  1. Sandra Herbert, 'In Memoriam: Robert K. Webb (1922–2012)', Perspectives on History (1 November 2012).