John Darwin (historian)

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John Darwin

Born
John Gareth Darwin

(1948-06-29) 29 June 1948 (age 70)
Exeter, Devon, England
Nationality British
Title Professor of Global and Imperial History
Spouse(s)
Caroline Atkinson (m. 1973)
Children Three
Awards Wolfson History Prize (2008)
Academic background
Education Brockenhurst Grammar School
Alma mater University of Oxford (MA, DPhil)
Thesis The Lloyd George coalition government and Britain's imperial policy in Egypt and the Middle East, 1918-1922 (1976)
Academic work
Discipline History
Institutions University of Reading
University of Oxford
Nuffield College, Oxford
Doctoral students Andrew Thompson[1]

John Gareth Darwin, FBA (born 29 June 1948)[2] is a British historian and academic, who specialises in the history of the British Empire.[3] Since 1984, he has been the Beit Lecturer in Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.[2] He was a lecturer in history at the University of Reading between 1972 and 1984.

Early life and education

Darwin was born on 29 June 1948 in Exeter, Devon, England. He was educated at Brockenhurst Grammar School, a mixed-sex state grammar school in Brockenhurst, Hampshire. He studied history at St John's College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree. He later undertook postgraduate research at Nuffield College, Oxford, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1978[2] on the coalition government of David Lloyd George and Britain's imperial policy in Egypt and the Middle East between 1918 and 1922.

Career

From 1972 to 1984, Darwin was a lecturer in history at the University of Reading.[2] In 1984, he moved to the University of Oxford where he had been appointed the Beit Lecturer in the History of the Commonwealth of Nations.[2][4] That year, he was also elected a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.[2] Since October 2014, he had been the Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History.[5] In November 2014, he was granted a Title of Distinction as Professor of Global and Imperial History.[6]

Honours and awards

In 2008, Darwin was awarded the Wolfson History Prize for his book After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405.[7] In 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[4]

Publications

  • Britain, Egypt, and the Middle East: Imperial Policy in the Aftermath of War, 1918–1922 (May 1981)[8]
  • The Empire of the Bretaignes, 1175–1688: The Foundations of a Colonial System of Government: Select Documents on the Constitutional History of The ... Volume I (Documents in Imperial History) (24 May 1985)[9]
  • Britain and Decolonisation: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-War World (Making of the 20th Century) (November 1988)[10]
  • The End of the British Empire: The Historical Debate (Making Contemporary Britain) (10 January 1991)[11]
  • After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 (5 February 2008)[12]
  • The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830–1970 (30 October 2009)[13]
  • Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain (12 February 2013)[14]

Personal life

In 1973, Darwin married Caroline Atkinson. Together they have three daughters: Claire, Charlotte and Helen.[2]

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Andrew Stuart (1994). Thinking imperially? Imperial pressure groups and the idea of Empire in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain. bodleian.ox.ac.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.260092. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2017) Darwin, John. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access publication – behind paywall doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.256690 (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Dr John Darwin". British Academy. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ People. University of Oxford https://web.archive.org/web/20160729011553/http://global.history.ox.ac.uk/?page_id=2. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Recognition of Distinction". Oxford University Gazette. University of Oxford. 145 (5076). 6 November 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Previous winners". History Prize. The Wolfson Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Fieldhouse, David; Madden, Frederick (24 May 1985). "The Empire of the Bretaignes, 1175-1688: The Foundations of a Colonial System of Government: Select Documents on the Constitutional History of The ... Volume I". Greenwood. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  10. ^ Darwin, John (1 November 1988). "Britain and Decolonisation: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-War World". Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  11. ^ Darwin, John (1 January 1991). "The End of the British Empire: The Historical Debate". Blackwell Publishers. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  12. ^ Darwin, John (5 February 2008). "After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405". Bloomsbury Press. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  13. ^ "The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970". Cambridge University Press. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  14. ^ Darwin, John (12 February 2013). "Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain". Bloomsbury Press. Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via Amazon.
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