David Reynolds (English historian)

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David Reynolds delivering a Gresham College lecture in December 2014.

David Reynolds FBA (born 17 February 1952) is a Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.[1] He was awarded a scholarship to study at Dulwich College, then Cambridge and Harvard universities.[2] He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Nebraska and Oklahoma, as well as at Nihon University in Tokyo and Sciences Po in Paris. He was awarded the Wolfson History Prize, 2004, and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. He teaches and lectures both undergraduates and postgraduates at Cambridge University, specialising in the two world wars and the Cold War. Since October 2013 he has been Chairman of the History Faculty at Cambridge.


In addition to teaching Reynolds has made nine documentaries on 20th century history for the BBC, most recently World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel and World War Two: 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly, both directed by Russell Barnes.[3] He was also the writer and presenter of the award-winning ninety-part series on BBC Radio 4 America, Empire of Liberty

Personal life[edit]

David Reynolds is married with one son.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]


  • 1981: The Creation of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1937-1941: a Study in Competitive Co-operation (1981) University of North Carolina Press ISBN 0-8078-1507-1 (Awarded the Bernath Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 1982)
  • 1988: An Ocean Apart: the Relationship between Britain and America in the 20th Century - co-author David Dimbleby. Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0-340-40666-6 (Linked to BBC/PBS TV series.)
  • 1991: Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the 20th Century. Longman ISBN 0-582-43725-3
  • 1994: Allies at War: the Soviet, American and British Experience 1939-1945 (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History). (Co-edited with Warren F. Kimball and A. O. Chubarian). Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 0-312-10259-3
  • 1994: The Origins of the Cold War in Europe: International Perspectives (editor). Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-05892-6
  • 1995: Rich Relations: the American Occupation of Britain, 1942-1945. Random House ISBN 0-517-16871-5 (Awarded the US Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award, 1996)
  • 2000: One World Divisible: a Global History since 1945.. Allen Lane ISBN 0-7139-9461-4
  • 2001: From Munich to Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt's America and the Origins of the Second World War. Ivan R. Dee ISBN 1-56663-389-3
  • 2004: In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War. Random House ISBN 0-679-45743-7 (Awarded the Wolfson History Prize, 2004)
  • 2005: Christ's: a Cambridge College Over Five Centuries (editor). Macmillan ISBN 0-333-98988-0
  • 2006: From World War to Cold War: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-928411-3
  • 2007: Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century. Allen Lane ISBN 0-7139-9917-9
  • 2008: FDR's World: War, Peace, and Legacies. (Co-edited with David B. Woolner and Warren F. Kimball) Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 0-230-60938-4
  • 2009: America, Empire of Liberty: A New History. Allen Lane ISBN 978-0-14-190856-4
  • 2013: The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century. Simon & Schuster UK IBSN 978-0857206350 (In the US: W. W. Norton, 2014)

Broadcasting (as writer and presenter)[edit]

  • 2004: Churchill's Forgotten Years - BBC 4/BBC 2
  • 2004: The Improbable Mr Attlee - BBC 4
  • 2008: Summits - three-part series: Munich, 1938; Vienna, 1961; Geneva, 1985 (BBC 4)
  • 2008: Armistice - BBC2 (Grierson Award: Best Historical Documentary, runner-up)
  • 2008-09: America, Empire of Liberty - BBC Radio 4 (accompanying the writer's 2009 book)[5][6] (Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme of 2008; Sony Radio Academy Award, Nomination, 2009; Orwell Prize, Shortlist, 2010)
  • 2010: Nixon in the Den - BBC 4
  • 2011: World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel - BBC 4 (Grierson Award: Best Historical Documentary, Nomination)
  • 2012: World War Two: 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly - BBC 4
  • 2014: The Long Shadow - BBC 2


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