Black is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of overĀ 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history. But he has also broadened his perspective, both temporally and geographically, and published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself.

After graduating with a starred First from Cambridge, he undertook research at Oxford and has subsequently been Professor of History at the universities of Durham and Exeter.

Jeremy’s work adds up to the most sustained presentation of British history in recent decades. He is a major exponent of military, diplomatic and cartographic history and has been important in helping the British to look at their past, as well as in representing British history to foreign audiences.

In addition, he has played a major role as founder and editor of publication series including:

  • British History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • British Studies series (Macmillan)
  • European History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • Brief Histories (Arnold)
  • Globalities (Reaktion)
  • Contemporary Worlds (Reaktion)
  • Studies in Modern History (Manchester University Press)
  • Warfare and History (Routledge)
  • International Relations and History (Routledge)
  • Social History in Perspective (Macmillan)
  • European Culture and Society (Macmillan)
  • Twentieth-Century Wars (Macmillan)
  • Essential Histories (Macmillan).

Public Roles

  • Editor of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association, and the leading archives journal in the world (1989-2005).
  • Member of the Council of the British Records Association 1989-2005, 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 of History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, Media History.

These and other related activities have ensured that Jeremy Black is one of the leading figures in the world of archives and history.