Category Archives: Autobiographical fragments

Breaking the Habit: a review by John A. Hargreaves

Breaking the Habit: A Life of History, Richard Brown, Authoring History, 2016, 175 pp., £7.13, paper, ISBN 9781530295234 In this retrospective but far from introspective, autobiographical memoir Richard Brown muses ‘on the nature of History in an increasingly challenging environment’. … Continue reading

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Breaking the Habit: A Life of History

Just Published Historians, it has been said, are rather like a good bottle of wine…they mature with age. Being seen as a rather crusty claret may not be a bad thing and I’ve now reached the point in my life … Continue reading

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Reaching a thousand

I’ve been blogging regularly since July 2007 on my two blogs Looking at History and the History Zone, putting the posts I write on both.  Both sites are designed to promote history as a subject as well as providing me … Continue reading

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Publications: revised listing

Those publications with an asterisk (*) were co-written with C.W. Daniels. This list does not include editorials for Teaching History, book reviews or unpublished papers. Neither does it include the two series of books for which I have been joint-editor: … Continue reading

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Hitting the local papers

From Dunstable Gazette, 7 August 2013.

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400,000 and counting

PASSING 400,000 I started my Looking at History blog on Blogger on 30 July 2007 and it’s taken until 7 June 2013 to reach 400,000 ‘hits’: an average of around 66,000 per year.  I’ve published 823 blogs in that time, … Continue reading

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Two years on….

  It’s two years since I started writing my blog and in that time it has received over 60,000 hits.  This far exceeds what I hoped for and shows just how interested people are in History in its myriad forms.  … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: Why medieval?

  You may well ask why I have started to include blogs on the Normans and, later, more general materials on medieval history.  Well, largely because I was trained primarily as a medieval historian and I returned to it at … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: On Writing

  I’ve always enjoyed writing, ever since I was in primary school.  It always seemed the logical outcome of my researches as well as a means of getting my ideas and opinions into the public domain.  I’ve never subscribed to … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: Into the Classroom

  5th September 1972…my classes arrived for the first time.  There was the nerve-racking reading of the list of names in the school hall in front of 300 students…did I get the names right?  Probably not.  Then back to the … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: Finally into school!

  Bury St Edmunds is about twenty miles from my home in Cambridgeshire but, as I was at that time without a car, commuting while living at home was out of the question.  Mark you, after four years in Reading, … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: Training for teaching

  Although I had already spent some time teaching in London while I was doing my degree, entering the profession was not my first choice.  Given the opportunity, I think I would have preferred research but it was not to … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: Towards teaching

  The remaining two years of my degree course was spent focused on history. My experience in the first year of the course pushed me towards medieval rather than modern history. It was certainly where I felt the best teachers … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: To university

  I arrived at university at just the right time! Student politics were in the air and Reading was an important centre of radical protest at least from 1968 through to 1971. I knew several of the older students because … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Fragments: A Level

  Advanced Level was grounded in studying the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Britain and Europe with a special subject on the reign of Charles II. All the reading I’d done in the years before this paid off and I … Continue reading

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