Author: Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Jeremy is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of over 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth-century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history, but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself.

Praise for Jeremy’s Imperial Legacies

“There are few better guides to the impact of Empire on these islands and the world than Jeremy Black. These are deeply contested questions but Professor Black is a sure-footed and clear-sighted guide. No debate about our imperial past and its legacy is complete without Professor Black’s brilliant analysis.”

— Michael Gove, Environment Secretary and Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

“Almost no historical topic more needs the cool eye of academic balance than the legacy of empire. Here sorting out the arguments, half-truths and distortions is Britain’s most prolific historian at the peak of his game.”

— Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham


Global History of Strategy

Praise for Jeremy’s forthcoming ‘Global History of Strategy’:

“This book succeeds in communicating the dynamics of strategy across a huge canvas in an intelligent, engaging but also an extremely erudite fashion. The author has thought long and hard about many of the key issues, but at the same time does not ignore the crucial importance of definitions, a problem which can be seen in other general works on the same topic. The book has been thoroughly researched, yet at the same time each of the chapters is kept to a manageable (and readable) length.

The book is extensively referenced, including the use of primary sources. The references are virtually a bibliographical essay on much of the recent literature on strategy, which will be extremely valuable to students of the subject.

The great achievement of this book is that it does not only inform the reader of many aspects of the global history of strategy, it encourages readers to think about the subject matter and the historical challenges as they read. This work will be attractive to both university students and the intelligent general reader.

Possibly one of Jeremy Black’s best books to date. In short, I like this book a lot!”

Alaric Searle, Professor of Modern European History, University of Salford, Manchester

Coming Soon – War and its Causes


Praise for War and its Causes

“A fascinating account of war as an institution by one of the preeminent students of the subject. By examining wars in their evolving cultural, political, and technological settings, Black offers important insights into the current practice of the use of force by states and intelligent speculation about the future.”
—Richard Ned Lebow, King’s College London

“From Thucydides to Mary Kaldor, from Ming and Qing China to Donald Trump’s America, from the ‘Great Mutiny’ of 1857–59 to the July crisis of 1914, Jeremy Black offers the first treatment on a universal scale of a major historical problem. By one of the most accredited historians of war, this is a work rich in thoughts and information.”
—Luigi Loreto, University of Naples

“A wide-ranging, ambitious, and thought-provoking account of the history of war as a concept and a phenomenon. Jeremy Black sheds new light on a question of ongoing relevance, using the past to help us understand war today—and in the future.”
—David G. Morgan-Owen, King’s College London

“Jeremy Black’s War and Its Causes is a sweeping and highly informed history of war from pre-history to the present with a detailed analysis of wars from 1500 on. It brings in the latest diplomatic history as well as insights from social and cultural history. While not everyone will agree with his views, they are always thought-provoking and illustrated with many examples. Social scientists, in particular, will find this book very useful in their research and teaching. It is highly readable but well documented. Another gem!”
—John Vasquez, Mackie Scholar in International Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This interdisciplinary book assesses the causes of war, considering what war actually is—key for understanding its causes. Black marshals global examples from the fifteenth century to the present, analyzing the three main types of war—between cultures, within cultures, and civil—emphasizing the social and cultural factors leading to conflict.

War and its Causes is published by Rowman and Littlefield. Read more.