Paul Slack

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Paul Slack at Linacre College

Paul Alexander Slack FBA (born 23 January 1943) is a British historian. He is a former Principal of Linacre College, Oxford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Professor of Early Modern Social History in the University of Oxford.


Slack was educated at the University of Oxford (BA, DPhil). He was a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford from 1973 until 1996. He served as Junior Proctor during the academic year 1986/7 and Chairman of the General Board 1995/6. On 1 October 1996 he took office as Principal of Linacre College. He retired in September 2010. He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1997, becoming in 2000 Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections). In 1999 he was appointed Professor of Early Modern Social History. He is also a member of the Environmental Change Institute Advisory Board and a former Chairman of the Curators of the University Libraries.

Slack was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990.


  • Paul Slack, The English Poor Law, 1531-1782 (Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, 1990; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • Paul Slack, From Reformation to improvement: public welfare in early modern England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998; 1999)
  • Paul Slack, The impact of plague in Tudor and Stuart England (London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985; reprinted with corrections, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985)
  • Paul Slack, Poverty and policy in Tudor and Stuart England (London: Longman, 1988)
  • Paul Slack, "Poverty and politics in Salisbury 1597-1666", in Peter Clark and Paul Slack, eds, Crisis and order in English towns, 1500-1700: essays in urban history (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972), pp. 164–203
  • Paul Slack: "Social Policy and the Constraints of Government, 1547–58", in Jennifer Loach and Robert Tittler, eds, The Mid-Tudor Polity c. 1540–1560 (London: Macmillan), pp. 94–115
  • Paul Slack, The Traditional community under stress (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1977)
  • Paul Slack, ed., Environments and historical change (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Paul Slack, ed., Poverty in early-Stuart Salisbury (Devizes: Wiltshire Record Society, 1975)
  • Paul Slack, ed., Rebellion, popular protest, and the social order in early modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)
  • Peter Burke, Brian Harrison, and Paul Slack, eds, Civil histories: essays presented to Sir Keith Thomas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Peter Clark and Paul Slack, eds, Crisis and order in English towns, 1500-1700: essays in urban history (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972)
  • Peter Clark and Paul Slack, English towns in transition 1500-1700 (London: Oxford University Press, 1976)
  • Terence Ranger and Paul Slack, eds, Epidemics and ideas: essays on the historical perception of pestilence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)
  • Julie Trottier and Paul Slack, eds, Managing water resources past and present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Paul Slack and Ryk Ward, eds, The peopling of Britain: the shaping of a human landscape (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • John Morrill, Paul Slack, and Daniel Woolf, eds, Public duty and private conscience in seventeenth-century England: essays presented to G.E. Aylmer (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993)

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