|Born||Noel Robert Malcolm
26 December 1956
North-West Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Journalist, historian, writer|
|Alma mater||Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
|Subjects||History, politics, biography, literature|
Noel Robert Malcolm was educated at Eton College (where he was a King's Scholar) and read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge between 1974 and 1978. He received his PhD in History from Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a Fellow and College Lecturer of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1981 to 1988.
He was a political columnist (1987–1991) then the foreign editor (1991–1992) of The Spectator, and a political columnist for the Daily Telegraph (1992–1995). He was jointly awarded the T.E. Utley Prize for Political Journalism in 1991. In 1995 he gave up journalism to become a full–time writer. Malcolm was a visiting Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford in 1995–1996, and has been a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford since 2002. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) in 1997, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. He is a Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo, and an Honorary Fellow of both Peterhouse, Cambridge (since 2010) and Trinity College, Cambridge (since 2011). He serves on the advisory board of the conservative magazine Standpoint.
Noel Malcolm is the author of De Dominis, 1560–1624: Venetian, Anglican, ecumenist, and relapsed heretic (1984), George Enescu: His Life and Music (1990), Bosnia: A Short History (1994), Origins of English Nonsense (1997), Kosovo: A Short History (1998), Books on Bosnia: A Critical Bibliography (1999), Aspects of Hobbes (2002), and (with Jacqueline Stedall) John Pell (1611–1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish: The Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician (2005). He is the editor of The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes (1994).
Articles and book reviews
As a journalist and historian, Malcolm has written many articles for newspapers, magazines and journals. Other than his work for The Spectator, the Daily Telegraph and Standpoint he has had articles published in The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, the New York Times, Washington Times, Time and the Daily Mail among other publications. He has also contributed book reviews mainly to The Sunday Telegraph. He has contributed to a number of scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs and the New York Review of Books.
Critical reviews and debates
Malcolm's book Kosovo: A Short History (1998) has seen robust debate among historians following its release. For example, the merits of the book were the subject of an extended debate in Foreign Affairs. The debate began with the review of the book by the former Fellow of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University, Aleksa Djilas. Djilas considered that Malcolm's book was "marred by his sympathies for its ethnic Albanian separatists, anti-Serbian bias, and illusions about the Balkans", and Malcolm responded by asserting that Djilas had not produced any evidence to counter that produced in the book, and had instead resorted to belittling both Malcolm and his work, including the use of personal slurs and patronising language. The debate continued with Professor Stevan K. Pavlowitch of the University of Southampton asserting that the book lacked precision, Melanie McDonagh of the Bosnian Institute observing that Djilas' review took a "nationalistic approach", and Norman Cigar of Marine Corps University stating that Djilas was trying to create myths to legitimise Serbian actions in Kosovo.
In late 1999, Thomas Emmert of the history faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota reviewed the book in Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans Online and while praising aspects of the book also asserted that it was "shaped by the author’s overriding determination to challenge Serbian myths", that Malcolm was "partisan", and also complained that the book made a "transparent attempt to prove that the main Serbian myths are false". Malcolm responded in the same journal in early 2000, asserting that the book challenged both Albanian and Serbian myths about Kosovo, but that there were more Serbian myths about Kosovo than Albanian ones and this explained the greater coverage of Serbian myths in the book. He also observed that Emmert's perspective and work was largely within the framework of Serbian historiography, and that Emmert's own perspective was the reason for Emmert's assertion that Malcolm was "partisan".
Other reviews of Kosovo: A Short History were varied. For example, in English Historical Review, Zbyněk Zeman observed that Malcolm "tries not to take sides", but in American Historical Review, Nicholas J. Miller concluded that the book was "conceptually flawed" due Malcolm's insistence on treating Kosovo as "a place on its own; [rather than] a scrap of irredenta that Serbs and Albanians fight over".
- Malcolm 2000, p. 124.
- debretts.com 2012.
- panmacmillan.com 2012.
- all-souls.ox.ac.uk 2012.
- standpointmag.co.uk 2012.
- bosnia.org.uk 2012.
- Elsie 2010, p. 14.
- Malcolm 2008.
- Malcolm 2001.
- Malcolm 1999a.
- Malcolm 1999b.
- Malcolm 1998a.
- Malcolm 1996.
- Malcolm 1995.
- Malcolm 1999c.
- Malcolm 1998b.
- Djilas 1998.
- "List of related articles in Foreign Affairs".
- Emmert 1999.
- Malcolm 2000.
- Zeman 1999.
- Miller 1998.
- Elsie, Robert (2010), Historical dictionary of Albania, Lanham: Scarecrow Press, ISBN 978-0-8108-7380-3, OCLC 454375231, retrieved 4 February 2012
- Djilas, Aleksa (1998). "Imagining Kosovo: A Biased New Account Fans Western Confusion". Foreign Affairs (Council on Foreign Relations) 77 (5 September/October 1998): 124–131. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- Emmert, Thomas (1999). "Challenging myth in a short history of Kosovo". Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans Online (Routledge) 1 (2): 217–221. doi:10.1080/14613199908414002. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Malcolm, Noel (1999c). "What Ancient Hatreds?". Foreign Affairs (Council on Foreign Relations) 78 (1 January/February 1999): 130–134. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Malcolm, Noel (2000). "Response to Thomas Emmert". Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans (Routledge) 2 (1): 121–124. doi:10.1080/14613190050004871. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Miller, Nicholas J. (1998). "Noel Malcolm, Kosovo: A Short History, New York:New York University Press. 1998.". American Historical Review 103 (5 December 1998): 1648–1649. doi:10.1086/ahr/103.5.1648.
- Zeman, Zbyněk (1999). "Kosovo. A Short History by Noel Malcolm". The English Historical Review (Oxford University Press) 114 (457 June 1999): 801–802. doi:10.1093/ehr/114.457.801. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
Newspapers and Magazines
- Malcolm, Noel (12 November 1995), "David Owen and His Balkan Bungling", The Sunday Telegraph
- Malcolm, Noel (6 November 1996), "The Grandee and a Question of Genocide", Daily Mail
- Malcolm, Noel (30 March 1998), "The Past Must Not be Prologue", Time
- Malcolm, Noel (16 July 1998), "Kosovo's History", New York Review of Books, retrieved 14 December 2012
- Malcolm, Noel (9 June 1999), "Independence for Kosovo", The New York Times, retrieved 14 December 2012
- Malcolm, Noel (4 May 1999), "Response to Amos Perlmutter's Op-ed 'Who Will Run Kosovo'", Washington Times
- Malcolm, Noel (1 July 2001), "Milosevic Was Doomed by Press Freedom", The Sunday Telegraph
- Malcolm, Noel (26 February 2008), "Is Kosovo Serbia? We ask a historian", The Guardian, retrieved 14 December 2012
- "all-souls.ox.ac.uk". 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "bosnia.org.uk". 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "debretts.com". 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "panmacmillan.com". 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "standpointmag.co.uk". 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.