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Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectureship Features Dr. Jeremy Black on October 30

Oct 7, 2008 - The Twelfth Annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectureship will take place on Thursday, October 30, and feature Dr. Jeremy Black, Professor of History at the University of Exeter in Britain. Dr. Black will lecture on “Why the Allies Won World War II” at 7:15 p.m. in Union’s G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel. The evening program, which is free and open to the public, will conclude with an author’s book signing in the foyer outside the chapel. Professor Black will also make a presentation to the Union community at 1:40 p.m. in Harvey Hall about “War, Technology, and the Rise of the West: 1450-2008 Reconsidered.”

Dr. Black, whose boundless energy helps explain “his perpetual-motion pen,” is a prolific writer, having authored, co-authored, or edited more than 70 books. He is an internationally acclaimed specialist on modern military history, 18th-century British history, and international relations. He has also written works on American history, European cultural history, and the history of maps. Among his books are: The Holocaust (2008); Tools of War: The Weapons That Changed the World (2007); A Subject for Taste: Culture in Eighteenth-Century England (2007); George III: America’s Last King (2006); Altered States: America Since the Sixties (2006); The Hanoverians: The History of a Dynasty (2006); Why Wars Happen (2005); The British Seaborne Empire (2004); Rethinking Military History (2004); World War II: A Military History (2003); France and the Grand Tour (2003); Warfare in the Western World: 1882-1975 (2002); From Louis XIV to Napoleon: The Fate of a Great Power (1999); and, Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past (1997). For his many scholarly contributions to the field of military history, Dr. Black received the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History.

In addition to writing numerous books and articles, Dr. Black has been busy in other ways professionally. He has sat on the editorial boards of the historical journals History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, and Media History, and he has served as the editor of Archives, the world’s leading archives journal. He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, and a member of the British Records Association, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2000, he was named a member of the Order of the British Empire for his work in 1997 and beyond as an advisor to the Royal Mail in preparing Britain’s 1999 history-related postage stamps. He has also lectured in many countries, including Canada, the United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Dr. Black graduated from Queen’s College, Cambridge, did graduate work at the University of Oxford, and earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Durham. He taught at Durham from 1980 to 1996, when he joined the history department at the University of Exeter, where he has been ever since.