On Top of the World

R.I. Moore celebrates the life and achievements of John Roberts, leading scholar of world history.

John Roberts, who died on May 30th, 2003, did more than any British historian since Trevelyan to advance the public understanding of history. As editor of Purnell’s History of the Twentieth Century, published in monthly parts between 1967 and 1969, and author and presenter of the television series The Triumph of the West (1985) he reached audiences that dwarfed those of his History of Europe (1996), The Twentieth Century (1999) and even his History of the World (1976, now in its fourth edition), which made world history respectable, and not only respectable but popular.

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