Black Books

Daniel Snowman meets Jeremy Black, prolific chronicler of British, European and worldwide diplomatic, military, cultural and cartographic history, and much else besides.

When I first came to know Jeremy Black, he was in his late thirties and already widely recognised for two things: his expertise on eighteenth-century British and European history, and his extraordinary industriousness. Jeremy’s ambition, nicely symmetrical for one steeped in Enlightenment rationality, was to have authored forty books by the time he turned forty. Today, I’m afraid, he has things completely out of phase: approaching fifty, the Professor of History at Exeter already has some sixty books to his credit.

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