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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.

In January 2016 Jeremy was created a Freeman of the City of London.

Jeremy's award ceremony


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.



NEW! Available August: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency. A Global History (Rowman and Littlefield) Read more

Geopolitics Redux: essay in American Review issue 6

Essay on Air Power and the Modern World. Read online (select Features tab)

On 1 April 2016 Jeremy delivered his lecture 'The Politics of James Bond' to NYMAS. Listen now

Available August: The Holocaust. History and Memory (Indiana Uni Press, 2016)

Jeremy's A Century of Conflict has been shortlisted for the British Army Military Book of the Year 2016.

New! The "What Ifs" of Strategic Planning. The Interwar Imperial Defence in Academia.

New! Jeremy BLACK. “The Middling Sort of People in the Eighteenth-Century English-
Speaking World.” RSÉAA XVII-XVIII 72 (2015): 41-56.

Watch Jeremy's lecture at the launch of The City on the Hill: a life of the University of Exeter

Jeremy Black on the special significance of Magna Carta for Americans.

Debating the British Empire. Richard Toye interviews Jeremy Black


Air Power. A Global History (Rowman, 2016)