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)
  • The Iron Duke: A Military Biography of Wellington (1992)
  • Imperial Warrior: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby (1993)
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire (1994; revised ed. 1998; illustrated ed. 1999)
  • Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India (1997)
  • Warrior Race: A History of the British at War (2001)
  • 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)
  • Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa (2016)


  1. ^ a b "Lawrence James".
  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 (Spring/Summer 1998). Alumni Office, University of York: 20.
  4. ^ "Andrew Lownie Literary Agency :: Lawrence James". Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2007.

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