Professor Lawrence Goldman

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Professor Lawrence Goldman
M.A., PhD Cantab, FRHS
Professor of History
Institute of Historical Research
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United Kingdom
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01-Aug-2017 History and Biography

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Historical Research, vol. LXXXIX, no. 245, 01 August 2016, 399-411

13-Jul-2017 The Fiery Particle’, Review of Laura Beers, Red Ellen. The Life of Ellen Wilkinson (2016)


London Review of Books, vol. 39, no. 14, 13 July 2017, 33-34.

01-Jun-2017 Oxford University Press and the Wider University


in Keith Robbins (ed.) History of Oxford University Press. vol iv: 1970-2004 (Oxford, 01 June 2017), pp. 85-112.

01-Mar-2016 History and Continuity in English Education Since 1800

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The East Asian Journal of British History, vol. 5, 01 March 2016, pp. 73-91 (Special Issue: Anglo-Japanese Conference of Historians, Osaka, 2015).

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Mar-2015 History and Biography


Inaugural Lecture as Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. In this lecture, which will draw on examples from modern British and American History, and from his experience as the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Professor Goldman will consider the relationship between historical research and the writing of biography.

Jan-2017 Magna Carta: History, context and influence: Papers delivered at Peking University on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta


This book examines the history and influence of Magna Carta in British and American history. In a series of essays written by notable British specialists, it considers the origins of the document in the political and religious contexts of the thirteenth century, the relevance of its principles to the seventeenth century disputes that led to the Civil War, the uses made of Magna Carta to justify the American Revolution, and its inspiration of the radical-democratic movement in Britain in the early nineteenth century. The introductory essay considers the celebration of Magna Carta's 800th anniversary in 2015 in relation to ceremonials and remembrance in Britain in general. Given as papers to a joint conference of British and Chinese historians in Beijing in 2015, these essays provide a clear and insightful overview of the origins and impact of a medieval document that has shaped the history of the world.

Jul-2018 Dethroning historical reputations: Universities, museums and the commemoration of benefactors


The campaigns in universities across the world to reject, rename and remove historic benefactions have brought the present into collision with the past. In Britain the attempt to remove a statue of one of Oxford’s most famous benefactors, the imperialist Cecil Rhodes, has spread to other universities and their benefactors, and now also affects civic monuments and statues in towns and cities across the country. In the United States, memorials to leaders of the Confederacy in the American Civil War and to other slaveholders have been the subject of intense dispute. Should we continue to honour benefactors and historic figures whose actions are now deemed ethically unacceptable? How can we reconcile the views held by our ancestors with those we now hold today? Should we even try, acknowledging, in the words of the novelist L. P. Hartley, that ‘the past is another country; they do things differently there’? The essays in this interdisciplinary collection are drawn from a conference at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London. Historians, fundraisers, a sociologist and a museum director examine these current issues from different perspectives, with an introductory essay by Sir David Cannadine, president of the British Academy. Together they explore an emerging conflict between the past and present, history and ideology, and benefactors and their critics.

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