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Andrew John Boyd Hilton (born 1944)[2] is a British historian and a professor and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He specialises in modern British history, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century.

Boyd Hilton
Born
Andrew John Boyd Hilton[1][2]

(1944-01-19) 19 January 1944 (age 75)
Academic work
Main interestsBritish history from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century
Notable worksA Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783–1846

Hilton was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, and New College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class honours degree in Modern History. From 1969 to 1974 he was a research lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford. He was elected a fellow of Trinity College in 1974.[1]

In 2007, Hilton was promoted by Cambridge to an ad hominem professorship[3] and—"partly on the strength of his widely acclaimed ... volume in the New Oxford History of England"[3]—a Fellow of the British Academy.[4]

A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?Edit

A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783–1846, published in 2006, is part of the New Oxford History of England.[5] In a 2006 review, Tristram Hunt (a former undergraduate of Hilton's college) called it a "lively and wide-ranging study that is mercifully free of dry chronology" and a "comprehensive, intriguing and challenging volume"; he notes it includes "studies of Pitt, Fox, Liverpool and Canning" as well as "accounts of phrenology, mesmerism and even early 19th-century flagellatory literature" and a "welcome concentration on economic and business matters".[6]

BibliographyEdit

  • Corn, Cash, Commerce: The Economic Policies of the Tory Governments, 1815–1830 (1978) ISBN 0-19-821864-8
  • The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, ca. 1795–1865 (1988) Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-820107-9
  • A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783–1846 (2006) Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-822830-9

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Trinity College Annual Record 2008, page 112 from Trinity Members Online at the University of Cambridge
  2. ^ a b "R03 – Authority Change Report for Hatfield Library Consortium". Mark O. Hatfield Library at Willamette University. Archived from the original (5.9MB HTML-based structured report) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-01. Email from the author, May 4, 2010 (Andrew John Boyd Hilton, b. 19 January 1944; professor and fellow of Trinity College and the Faculty of History, Cambridge University)
  3. ^ a b Trinity College Annual Record 2008, page 6 from Trinity Members Online at the University of Cambridge
  4. ^ Boyd Hilton Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at the British Academy website.
  5. ^ Professor Boyd Hilton at the Cambridge University History Faculty website
  6. ^ Hunt, Tristram (27 February 2006). "The road to democracy. The English in the 18th century were not forelock-tugging, Church-and-King types but an adventurous and eclectic people eager to embrace scientific progress and political change. Tristram Hunt on the foundations of the first modern nation". New Statesman. Retrieved 2013-04-19.