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John Darwin

Senior Research Fellow
Professor of Global and Imperial History

Research Interests: History of empires and Global History.

John Darwin is Professor of Global and Imperial History and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was the first Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History. His current research is focussed on the role of major port cities in and beyond Europe in the globalisation of the period 1830-1930. From October 2017, he will be a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College.

John Darwin


After Tamerlane: the global history of empire 1400-2000, Penguin, 2007. Winner of the Wolfson Prize in History 2008. Translated into German, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese; Japanese and Greek versions forthcoming.

Unfinished Empire: the global expansion of Britain, Penguin, 2012.

The Empire Project: the rise and fall of the British World-System 1830-1970, Cambridge University Press, 2009. Winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize 2010

(with J.Belich, M.Frenz and C.Wickham, eds.,) The Prospect of Global History, Oxford University Press, 2016.

'Imperialism and Nationalism' in J.Breuilly, ed., Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism, Oxford University Press, 2013.