Richard Vinen

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Richard Charles Vinen is a British historian and academic who holds a professorship at King's College London. Vinen is a specialist in 20th-century European history, particularly of Britain and France.[1]


Vinen was born in Birmingham and lived on a road in the Bourneville Estate. His father was a professor of physics.[2] From 1982 to 1989, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985, and then completing his doctoral studies there;[3][4] his PhD was awarded in 1989 for his thesis "The politics of French Business 1936–1945."[5] He was a Fellow at Trinity from 1988 to 1992, and was a part-time lecturer at Queen Mary University of London from 1988 to 1991.[4] He eventually moved to London where he and his wife lived in a succession of "amusingly louche" locations early in his career. He has written that "the Serious Crime Squad once installed a camera in our bedroom so that they could keep an eye on one of our neighbours."[2] After lecturing at Queen Mary, he joined King's College London in 1991 as a lecturer; he was promoted to a readership in 2001, and was appointed Professor of History in 2007.[3][4]

Vinen's book National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963 (2014) received generally positive reviews.[6][7] On 13 May 2015, he was presented with a Wolfson History Prize and Templer Medal for it.[8] He also won the Walter Laqueur Prize in 2012 (recognising the best article in Journal of Contemporary History of the previous year) for "The Poisoned Madeleine: The Autobiographical Turn in Historical Writing".[4][9]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Politics of French Business 1936–1945. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. ISBN 0521404401
  • Bourgeois Politics in France, 1945–1951. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN 0521474515[10]
  • France, 1934–1970. London, Macmillan, 1996.
  • A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century. London: Little, Brown, & Co., 2000. ISBN 0316853747
  • The Unfree French: Life under Occupation. London: Penguin, 2006. ISBN 0300121326[11]
  • Thatcher's Britain. London: Simon & Schuster, 2009. ISBN 9781847371751
  • National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945–1963. London: Allen Lane, 2014. ISBN 184614387X
  • The Long '68: Radical Protest and Its Enemies. London: Allen Lane, 2018. ISBN 0241343429


  1. ^ Professor Richard Vinen. King's College London. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963, by Richard Vinen | Books". Times Higher Education. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Richard Vinen", King's College London. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Richard Vinen Curriculum Vitae", Sciences Po (2015). Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  5. ^ "The politics of French Business 1936–1945", EThOS (British Library). Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  6. ^ "National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945–1963 by Richard Vinen, review: 'a little laborious'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  7. ^ Richard Davenport-Hines. "National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945–1963 by Richard Vinen – review | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  8. ^ "King's College London - Professor Richard Vinen wins Wolfson Prize and Templer Medal".
  9. ^ For the announcement, see Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 47, no. 3 (2012), p. 504. The article appeared in vol. 46, no. 3 (2011), pp. 531–554.
  10. ^ Nord, Philip (1 January 1997). "Review of Bourgeois Politics in France, 1945-1951". French Politics and Society. 15 (1): 88–90. JSTOR 42844623.
  11. ^ Le Ber, Jocelyne (1 January 2008). "Review of The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation". Rocky Mountain Review. 62 (1): 92–94. JSTOR 20479508.