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Christopher Hill was educated at St Peter's School, York, and at Balliol College, Oxford, and in 1934 was made a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. In 1936 he became lecturer in modern history at University College, Cardiff, and two years later fellow and tutor in modern history at Balliol. After war service, which included two years in the Russian department of the Foreign Office, he returned to Oxford in 1945. From 1958 until 1965 he was university lecturer in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history, and from 1965 to 1978 he was Master of Balliol College. After leaving Balliol he was for two years a Visiting Professor at the Open University. Dr Hill, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the British Academy, has received numerous honorary degrees from British universities, as well as the Hon. Dr. Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1979.
His publications include Lenin and the Russian Revolution; Puritanism and Revolution; Society and Puritanism in Pre-Revolutionary England; Reformation to Industrial Revolution (second volume in the Penguin Economic History of Britain); God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution; The World Turned Upside Down; Milton and the English Revolution, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award; The Experience of Defeat: Milton and Some Contemporaries; A Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People: John Bunyan and His Church, which won the 1989 W. H. Smith Literary Award; The English Bible and the Seventeenth-Century Revolution, which was shortlisted for the 1993 NCR Book Award; and Liberty against the Law. Many of these titles are published by Penguin.
Dr Hill is married with two children.
Fine addition to the history collection in my home library regarding this critical period in history!Published 7 months ago by Harry Donaghy
Essentially an academic text, Hill's comprehensive reference book manages to merge accuracy with intimacy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by doctor in the house
I found this rather "intellectual" and hard going. Uninterestingly written. I gave up about third of the way through.Published 12 months ago by Mr S P Crouch
Christopher Hill is an outstanding scholar who understands and loves his subject. He documents the age of radicalism and the prophets of radical thought from the 17 century.Published 18 months ago by Sylvester Hutton
: This is a classic text of left-wing history - throwing light on a fascinating aspect of seventeenth century English history and giving a sympathetic picture of the turmoil of... Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by H. M. Hughes Mrs Helen Hughes
In the same way that many teenage readers of fiction adore the novels of D.H.Lawrence, so do many young history students become great fans of Christopher Hill. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2002