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Khoa, 2nd Year

Dr Jon Lawrence

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Official Fellow
Reader in Modern British History


Dr Lawrence joined the History Faculty in October 2004 having previously taught at University College, London, the University of Liverpool and Harvard University (2002-3). He studied History at King’s College, Cambridge and completed his doctorate in 1989. He is on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century British History (OUP), History and Policy and the Royal Historical Society’s ‘Studies in History’ monograph series, and served as Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society 2004-08.


Dr Lawrence works on British social, political and cultural history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on political language and the culture of public politics. His book Electing Our Masters: the Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair was published by OUP in 2009. To hear him discussing the book with Carolyn Quinn on BBC Radio 4 go to: His wider interests include the cultural legacy of war in the twentieth century, and the politics of social identity since the Second Reform Act. He is currently working on a study of class and the politics of social identity in Britain from the 1930s to the 1990s.



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