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Felix Gilbert (May 21, 1905February 14, 1991) was a German-born American historian of early modern and modern Europe. Gilbert was born in Baden-Badenmarker, Germanymarker to a middle class Jewish family. In the latter half of the 1920s, Gilbert studied under Friedrich Meinecke at the University of Berlinmarker. Gilbert's area of expertise was the Renaissance, especially the diplomatic history of the period.


  • Johann Gustav Droysen und die preussisch-deutsche Frage, diss., Berlin 1931.
  • Makers of Modern Strategy: Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler, (co-edited with Edward M. Earle and Gordon A. Craig) Princeton, N.J. 1943; New York 1966, 1971.
  • "Bernardo Rucellai and the Orti Oricellari: A Study on the Origin of Modern Political Thought". In: Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Volume 12, 1949, p. 101-131.
  • The Diplomats, 1919-1939, (co-edited with Gordon A. Craig), Princeton, N.J. 1954; New York 1963.
  • To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy, Princeton, N.J. 1961.
  • Machiavelli and Guicciardini: Politics and History in Sixteenth-Century Florence, Princeton, N.J. 1965.
  • History: Choice and Commitment, Cambridge, Mass. 1977.
  • The Pope, His Banker, and Venice, Cambridge, Mass. 1981.
  • A European Past: Memoirs, 1905-1945, 1988.
  • History: Politics or Culture? Reflections on Ranke and Buckhardt, 1990.



  • Craig, Gordon "Insight and Energy: Reflections on the Work of Felix Gilbert" in Felix Gilbert as Scholar and Teacher edited by Hartmut Lehmann, Washington D.C., German Historical Institute,Occasionanal Paper,#6,1992.
  • Thompson,Bruce "Gilbert, Felix" pages 465-466 from The Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Volume 1, edited by Kelly Boyd, London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishing, 1999.

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