Quote: “Benjamin Franklin’s role in Paris was of enormous importance, in part because of his intellectual and political knowledge and instincts, but also because of his global fame. He was known literally all over the world.”
Thomas Bender is a Professor of History at New York University. He is focused on U.S. History, and interested in the ways ideas and institutions shape each other, and drive historical change. His early work focused on the cultural meaning of city and community in the United States from the colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century. His scholarship and interviews have been published on the most important newspapers and magazines, in a half dozen languages.