Richard J Evans University of Cambridge

By | 4th May 2017

Richard J Evans University of Cambridge

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Sir Richard John Evans, FBA, FRSL, FRHistS, FLSW (born 29 September 1947) is a British historian of twentieth-century Europe with a focus on Germany and World War II. He is the author of eighteen books, including his three-volume The Third Reich Trilogy (2003—2008) that has been hailed as “brilliant” and “magisterial.” Evans was Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge from 2008 until his retirement in 2014, and is currently President of Cambridge’s Wolfson College and Provost of Gresham College in London. Evans was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to scholarship in the 2012 Birthday Honours Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Evans was born at Woodford, Essex, of Welsh parentage and educated at Forest School, Jesus College, Oxford (MA), and St Antony’s College, Oxford (DPhil). In a 2004 interview, he stated that frequent visits to Wales during his childhood inspired both an interest in history and a sense of “otherness”. Evans has said that one reason he was drawn to the study modern German history in the late 1960s was his identification of parallels between the policies of the Vietnam War and German imperialism. He admired the work of Fritz Fischer, whom he credits with inspiring him to study modern German history.