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Professor Jeremy Black

MA Cantab PhD Dunelm FRSA

Emeritus Professor of History


I work on post 1500 military history and also on eighteenth-century British history, international relations, cartographic history and newspaper history; and am happy to supervise in these areas.

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British and continental European history, with particular interest in international relations, military history, the press and historical atlases.

I was awarded two-year fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust to work on 'Information and the Making of the Modern World 1450 – 2000' in 2009. Together with Professor Andrew Thompson, I co-organised a conference on ‘The World: A Deep History of the Tory Party and its Views of Britain’s World Role’ in 2013.

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Research students

Theses supervised include:

  • The British press and the Zulu War
  • The Pandjeh Crisis and Anglo-Afghan relations in the 1880s
  • English military developments in the 1520s and 1530s
  • British foreign policy in the Seven Years War
  • British construction of telegraph routes in the area of the Persian Gulf

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Modules taught

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    Jeremy Black studied at Queens' College Cambridge, St John's College Oxford, and Merton College Oxford before joining the University of Durham as a lecturer in 1980. There he gained his PhD and ultimately his professorship in 1994.

    He joined Exeter University as Established Chair in History in 1996.

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    More information

    MBE 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.

    Executive positions

    Numerous external appointments including West Point Distinguished Visiting Lecturer 1997.

    Lectured extensively in USA , Canada , Australia , New Zealand , Japan , France , Germany , Italy , Denmark . For example, foreign lectures in 2001 included to:

    The Council on Foreign Relations, Philadelphia

    Meetings organised by the U.S. Navy at the National Defence University and the Naval Academy at Annapolis

    The Triangle Institute for Strategic Studies

    Universities of Maryland , Tennessee, North Carolina ( Chapel Hill ), North Carolina ( Asheville )

    Georgetown, Rutgers, Adelphi and Appalachian State universities.

    Possibly the most active representative of British scholarly views abroad, and particularly important in Anglo-American links.

    Public Roles

    Editor of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association, and the leading archives journal in the world (1989-).

    Member of the Council of the British Records Association 1989-, 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, currently or recently, of History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, Media History, RUSI Journal.

    Regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time'.

    Presented an hour-long programme for BBC2 entitled Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here.

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