Keynote Speaker: Professor Jeremy Black

'The Cinematic Spectacle of Britishness: James Bond at 50'


JEREMY BLACK is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. A prolific academic historian, he is the author of a massive library of over one hundred books on a wide variety of topics which form the most sustained academic presentation of British history in recent decades. He is a major exponent of military, diplomatic and cartographic history and has been a crucial figure in helping the British to look at their past, as well as in representing British history to foreign audiences.


Graduating from Queen’s College, Cambridge with a starred first, he studied as a postgraduate at Saint John’s and Merton, Oxford, and then taught at the University of Durham, eventually as professor. He moved to Exeter in 1996. He is a senior fellow at the Centre  for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia and the USA, where he has held visiting chairs at West Point, Texas Christian University, and Stillman College.


Jeremy is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A past Council member of the Royal Historical Society, he is also a former Member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society and former long-term Editor of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association, and the leading archives journal in the world. He was appointed to the Order of Membership of the British Empire in 2000 for his work as historical advisor to the Royal Mail and stamp design. 


His recent publications include Crisis of Empire: Britain and America in the 18th Century (Continuum, 2010), The Battle of Waterloo (Random House, 2010), Beyond the Military Revolution: War in the 17th Century World  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), War in the World: A Comparative History, 1450-1600 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 (Indiana University Press, 2011), A Brief History of Slavery (Robinson, 2011), Debating Foreign Policy in 18th Century Britain (Ashgate, 2011), The Great War and the Making of the Modern World (Continuum, 2011), The Cold War (Social Affairs Unit, 2011), War and the Cultural Turn (Polity, 2011),  Introduction to Global Military History (Routledge, 2nd ed, 2012), The Continental Commitment: Britain, Hanover and Interventionism, 1714-1793 (Routledge, 2012), Avoiding Armageddon: From the Great War to the Fall of France, 1918-1940 (Bloomsbury, 2012), A History of the British Isles (Palgrave, 3rd ed, 2012).


He is a member of the Editorial Boards of  History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, Media History, and the founder/editor of publications series which include MacMillan’s British History in Perspective, British Studies, European History in Perspective, Social History in Perspective, European Culture and Society, Twentieth-Century Wars, and Essential Histories; Routledge’s Warfare and History and International Relations and History; Reaktion’s Brief Histories,  Globalities and Contemporary Worlds; together with Studies in Modern History (Manchester University Press) and Brief Histories (Arnold).


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