Tuesday, 16 February 2010
British historians in the US
A number of columnists [Simon Heffer in the Saturday Telegraph; William Rees-Mogg in yesterday’s Times] express bafflement at Sussex University’s decision to axe the teaching of British history pre-1700 and European history pre-1900. Only last month I was in conversation with Mark Kishlansky, Professor of History at Harvard University and an authority on early-modern Britain. We were discussing his former teacher David Underdown [Guardian obituary], one of the first British historians to pursue a distinguished career across the Atlantic. There are now many more of them, not least in Kishlansky’s own, world-class institution. ‘Your universities are just so damned good at creating top-class historians,’ Kishlansky said. ‘That’s why we like taking them.’ But for how much longer?
Posted by History Today magazine at 02:19