Maldwyn Jones

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Maldwyn Allen Jones (December 18, 1922 – April 12, 2007) was an historian who specialised in American history.

Jones studied at Jesus College, Oxford from 1946 to 1949, obtaining a first-class degree in history.[1][2] He was a lecturer at Manchester University before becoming chairman of the British Association for American Studies in 1968 and Commonwealth Professor of American History at University College London in 1971.[2]

His most famous work was the synthesis The Limits of Liberty: American History 1607-1980, a volume in the "Short Oxford History of the Modern World" series, published in 1983. This remains the most comprehensive single-authored book on American history.[2]



As editor[edit]

  • Maldwyn Jones, Henry Steele Commager and Marcus Cunliffe (eds.), The American Destiny: an Illustrated Bicentennial History of the United States (20 vols., 1976)


  • "From the Old Country to the New: The Welsh in nineteenth-century America", Flintshire Historical Society Publications, 27 (1975–76): 85-100.
  • "The background to emigration from Great Britain in the nineteenth century". In Donald Fleming and Bernard Bailyn (eds.), Dislocation and Emigration: The Social Background of American Immigration, pp. 3–92 (Cambridge, MA, 1973)
  • "Ulster emigration, 1783—1815". In E. R. R. Green (ed.), Essays in Scotch-Irish History (London: Routledge, 1969)
  • "The Scotch-Irish in British America". In Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (eds.), Strangers within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991)


  1. ^ "Deaths". Jesus College Record. Jesus College, Oxford: 153. 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c White, John (2007-04-15). "Maldwyn Allen Jones Obituary". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-10-07.