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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.


The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon
A dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context.

War in the Nineteenth Century
An accessible and up-to-date account of the rich military history of the nineteenth century.

War: A Short History
In this concise history of war, Black probes the diverse character of military capability and the varied nature of military change.

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