Geoffrey Barraclough

Geoffrey Barraclough

Geoffrey Barraclough

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Geoffrey Barraclough (10 May 1908, Bradford – 26 December 1984, Burford) was a British historian, known as a medievalistand historian of Germany.

He was educated at Bootham School (1921–1924) in York and at Bradford Grammar School (1924–1925). He read History at in 1926-1929.A. J. P. Taylor (1983) A Personal History, p. 106, CoronetBooks ISBN 0340354712

He was Professor of Medieval History, University of Liverpool (1945–1956), Stevenson Research Professor, University of London(1956–1962), University of California (1965–1968) and Professor of History, Brandeis University (1968–1970 and 1972–1981). Hewas Chichele Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford from 1970 to 1973.

Professor Barraclough began his career as a medievalist, but developed into a contemporary global historian. He was deeply concernedabout history's uses and relevance in the 20th century. It seemed to him that political debate and ultimately political decisions sufferedfrom a lack of historical insight. To rectify this dilemma Barraclough developed his own historiographical methods for comparative history.

By anchoring research in the past at the origins of a historical investigation while simultaneously researching present day areas mostdirectly connected to that anchor research, his methods established comparisons between past and present. With this two-pronged researchstructure, Barraclough was able to organize his investigations by...
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