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Jeremy BlackJeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Graduating from Cambridge with a starred first, he did postgraduate work at Oxford, and then taught at Durham, eventually as professor, before moving to Exeter in 1996. He has lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the USA, where he has held visiting chairs at West Point, Texas Christian University, and Stillman College. A past Council member of the Royal Historical Society, Black is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was appointed to the Order of Membership of the British Empire for services to stamp design.

He is or has been on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Military History, the journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Media History, the International History Review, and History Today and was editor of Archives.

He is the author of over 100 books, especially on eighteenth century British politics and international relations. Recent publications include War and World 1450-2000 (Yale), The British Seaborne Empire (Yale), Maps and History (Yale), George III (Yale) and European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815 (Routledge).

Jeremy Black MBE is an historian and Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over ninety books, especially on eighteenth century British politics and international relations.

Jeremy was awarded an MBE in 2000 for work on the 1999 stamps as advisor to the Royal Mail from 1997. This involved selecting the topics which covered British history, writing briefings for the stamp designers, and writing the text for the presentation packs.

He has lectured extensively in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Slovenia. A few of his lectures are available online.


Jeremy's work adds up to the most sustained presentation of British history in recent decades. He is a major exponent of military, diplomatic and cartographic history and has been iImportant in helping the British to look at their past, as well as in representing British history to foreign audiences.

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In addition, a major role as founder and editor of publication series including:

  • British History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • British Studies series (Macmillan)
  • European History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • Brief Histories (Arnold)
  • Globalities (Reaktion)
  • Contemporary Worlds (Reaktion)
    Studies in Modern History (Manchester University Press)
  • Warfare and History (Routledge)
  • International Relations and History (Routledge)
  • Social History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • European Culture and Society (Macmillan)
  • Twentieth-Century Wars (Macmillan)
  • Essential Histories (Macmillan).

Public Roles

  • Editor of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association, and the leading archives journal in the world (1989-2005).
  • Member of the Council of the British Records Association 1989-2005, and of associated sub-committees, for example General Purposes Committee, Publication Committee.
  • Member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society 1993-1996 and 1997-2000, and of associated sub-committees, for example Membership Committee, Research Support Committee.
  • Member of the Council of the List and Index Society 1997-
  • Editorial board of History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, Media History.

These and other related activities have ensured that Jeremy Black is one of the leading figures in the world of archives and history.



Debating the British Empire. Richard Toye interviews Jeremy Black

New and Forthcoming:

Clio's Battles: Historiography in Practice (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Rethinking World War Two: the conflict and its legacy (Bloombury, 2015)

The Cold War: a military history (Bloomsbury, Sept 2015)

A Short History of Britain (Bloomsbury, Feb 2015)

The Tory World (Ashgate, March 2015) 50% discount using code 50ACJ14N

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History (Routledge, 2015)

"What did the Georgians ever do for us?" Opinion piece in The Times, 18 Oct 2014

"How not to remember the First World War." Read Jeremy's piece in Standpoint

Read reviews of Jeremy's latest book The Power of Knowledge in Wall Street Journal, The Times and on Standpoint.

Read about Contesting History on Bloomsbury website

A Century of Conflict: War, 1914-Present (OUP, Jan 2015)


The Power of Knowledge. How Information and Technology Made the Modern World (Yale, 2014) >>More
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Politics and Foreign Policy in the Age of George I, 1714-1727 (2014) [20% discount – quote code AUTHOR20 when ordering] >>More