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Jeremy BlackJeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

Jeremy Black was born in London in 1955. After graduating with a starred First from Cambridge, he undertook research at Oxford and has subsequently been Professor of History at the universities of Durham and (since 1996) Exeter. Editor of Archives and a Council member of the Royal Historical Association, Black is a prolifi c lecturer and writer, the author of
(to date) some 60 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenthcentury British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history. But he has also broadened his perspective, both temporally and geographically, and published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself..


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). 20% off with preorder code CSF515CLIO

Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures (Indiana Univertsity 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