Lawrence James

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Edwin James Lawrence[1] (born 26 May 1943, Bath, England), most commonly known as Lawrence James, is an English historian.[1]

James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York in 1966,[2] and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford, and became a teacher. He became a full-time writer in 1985.

He has written several works of popular history about the British Empire. He has written for the Daily Mail, The Times and the Literary Review.[3]


  • "Crimea 1854-56: The War With Russia from Contemporary Photographs", 1981
  • "The Savage Wars : British Campaigns in Africa 1870-1920", 1985
  • "Mutiny: In the British and Commonwealth Forces, 1797-1956", 1987
  • Imperial Rearguard: The Last Wars of Empire, 1988
  • The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, 1990
  • Imperial Warrior: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby, 1993
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, 1994
  • Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India, 1997
  • The Illustrated Rise and Fall of the British Empire, 1999
  • Warrior Race: A History of the British at War, 2001
  • The Iron Duke: A Military Biography of Wellington, 2002
  • The Middle Class, 2006
  • Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence - Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present, 2009


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  2. ^ "Rah - The Making and Unmaking of British India". Grapevine (Alumni Office, University of York) (Spring/Summer 1998): 20. 
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