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 and writer.[1]


James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York in 1966,[2][3] and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford.[2] Following a career as a teacher, James became a full-time writer in 1985.[2]

James has written several works of popular history about the British Empire, and has contributed pieces for Daily Mail, The Times and the Literary Review.[4]

His wife Mary James was headmistress of St Leonards School from 1988 to 2000.[2]


  • 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, revised edition 1998, illustrated edition 1999)
  • Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India (1997)
  • 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)
  • Churchill and Empire - A Portrait of an Imperialist (2014)


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  2. ^ a b c d James, Lawrence (1998). The Rise and Fall of the British Empire (2nd ed.). Abacus. p. i. ISBN 0-349-10667-3. 
  3. ^ "Raj - The Making and Unmaking of British India". Grapevine. Alumni Office, University of York (Spring/Summer 1998): 20. 
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