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Sir John Elliott FBA

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About this Fellow

Sir John Elliott is a historian of Spain, Europe and the Americas in the early modern period. He graduated in history at Trinity College Cambridge, of which he was a Fellow from 1954-68, and is now an Honorary Fellow. Subsequently he was Professor of History at King's College, London, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, before being appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, a post from which he retired in 1997. He is a winner of the Wolfson Prize and the Balzan Prize for early modern history, and was knighted for his services to history in 1994. A winner of the Prince of Asturias Prize, he has been decorated by the Spanish government, and is a trustee of the Prado Museum. His honorary doctorates include Cambridge, London, Brown University, and several Spanish universities, and he is an honorary fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. His most recent work, Scots and Catalans (2018) is a comparative history of Scotland and Catalonia from the Middle Ages to the end of 2017.



Current post

  • Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, 1990 - 1997
  • Professor of History, King's College London University of London, 1968 - 1973
  • Professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1973 - 1990


Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 1963

History in the Making 2012

Empires of the Atlantic World. Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830 2006

The revolt of the Catalans 1963

The Old World and the New, 1492-1650 1970

The Count-Duke of Olivares 1986

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Professor Sir Simon Schama

Early modern European social, political and cultural history; history of the Jewish people; history of art and culture

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The political, social and cultural histories of Ireland and England, c.1600-1800.

Professor Mary Fulbrook

20th-century German social history; structures & legacies of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic (GDR); longer-term German and European history in comparative perspective; the Holocaust and collective violence; historical and social theory

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