Darnton remained at Oxford to complete his doctoral thesis (in 1964) on radical political pamphleteering in the 1780s.
Moreover, under the influence of Oxford faculty Robert Shackleton and Richard Cobb, he conducted his first research on J.-P.
(This book first appeared as a SVEC hardcover and then was republished in 1999 as part of the VF’s paperback Vif series; it remains one of the best-selling SVEC volumes in its entire 60-year history.) The 13 original essays in this volume assess the many facets of his work (to that point; he has published four major scholarly books since then, and another – his long-awaited survey of the French book trade in the eighteenth century – is expected next year! Darnton here provided a response which, although far too early in his career to be a valedictory, nevertheless offers a lucid and compelling narrative of his own ‘two paths through the social history of ideas’.
It is, I think, fair to say that neither path would have been possible, for him or for those of us who have been able to follow him into this still-vibrant field, without the institutions that he helped build and maintain.
We have had tastings of Madeira wine and Ping Suey tea, a balloon ascension, card parties, a Rossini concert, and mock duels with swords and with black powder pistols.
Also we like to dance." Historical Citizens Association.
This page offers a list of events - and groups that hold events - that provide occasions to wear Regency or Federalist costumes.
There are many more groups not listed here that do primitive early-19th-century living history (buckskinners) or strictly military reenactment (Napoleonic and War of 1812).
Darnton however remained both directly and indirectly engaged with Oxford and the Voltaire Foundation.
I've tried to ferret out events to which you can wear civilian clothes and have something to do besides shoot things, but remember that every group has its own focus - don't expect to tackle table manners at the Alabama Frontier Days or wear a silk gown to the Muster in the Mountains.
All underlined event titles are links to a website with more information.
In 1983 he was elected to the executive board of the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies and served as its president from 1987 to 1991.
He was instrumental in bringing the ISECS meeting to Budapest before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in establishing the East-West Seminar for early career scholars, which he directed until 1995.