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Professor Sir Brian Harrison FBA

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About this Fellow

Brian Harrison is a social and political historian of Britain, and was Fellow and Tutor in Politics and Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 1967 to 2004, since when he has been an Emeritus Fellow. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2004, and succeeded Colin Matthew as editor of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography from January 2000 to September 2004. Since the early 1960s he has published extensively on British social and political history from the 1790s to the present. His first book, based on his Oxford D.Phil. thesis was Drink and the Victorians. The Temperance Question England 1815–1872 (1971, 2nd. ed. 1994). His two most recent publications (both online) are two volumes in the New Oxford History of England series covering British history from 1951: Seeking a Role: The United Kingdom 1951–1970 (2009, paperback with revisions 2011); online and Finding a Role? The United Kingdom 1970–1990 (2010, paperback with revisions 2011). For a complete list of his publications see his entry in 'Google Scholar'. He is now working on British history from 1990 to 2010.

Appointments

Current post

  • Emeritus Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Titular Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, 1996 - 2004
  • Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2000 - 2004
  • Emeritus Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 2004
  • Fellow and Tutor in Modern History and Politics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1967
  • Emeritus Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 2004

Publications

Finding a Role? The United Kingdom 1970-1990 2010

Drink and the Victorians. The Temperance Question in England 1815-1872 1971, 1994

Peaceable Kingdom. Stability and Change in Modern Britain 1982

The Transformation of British Politics 1860-1995 1996

Seeking a Role. The United Kingdom 1951-1970 2009

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