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Dr Paul Addison
MA, Ph D, FRSE
Honorary Fellow; History
I was a postgraduate student at Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1965 to 1967, when I joined the History Department at Edinburgh. After twenty-three years as a Lecturer and subsequently as a Reader I opted in 1990 for part-time employment as an Endowment Fellow. From 1996 to 2005 I held the post of Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies. I was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls in the academic year 1990-1.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Diplomatic History
- Twentieth Century & After
My interests lie in the social and political history of twentieth century Britain. My most recent book, Churchill: The Unexpected Hero, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2005. I have also edited, with Dr Harriet Jones, A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939-2000 (2005), in which some thirty contributors discuss the main themes and topics of contemporary British history.
Current research activities
No major project at present but I maintain my research interests in the social and political history of Britain from 1939 to c,2000, and the political career of Winston Churchill.
(Jointly with Dr Jeremy Crang) The British at War 1939-1945
No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Postwar Britain (2010)
Co-editor (with Jeremy Crang) Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain’s Finest Hour, May to October 1940 (2010)
Paul Addison, Co-editor (with Harriet Jones) of A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939-2000 (Oxford, Blackwell, April 2005).
Paul Addison, Churchill: The Unexpected Hero (Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2005). Paul Addison, Co-editor (with Jeremy Crang) of The Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain (London: Pimlico, 2000). Paul Addison, Co-editor (with Angus Calder) of Time to Kill: The Soldier's Experience of War in the West, 1939-1945 (London: Pimlico, 1997). Paul Addison, Churchill on the Home Front, 1900-1955 (London: Cape, 1992); Pimlico edition with a new Introduction (1993). Paul Addison, Now The War Is Over: A Social History of Britain, 1945-1951 (London: Cape/BBC Publications, 1985); Pimlico edition with a new Introduction (1995). Paul Addison, The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (London: Cape, 1975); Pimlico edition, with a new Epilogue (1994).
Articles and book chapters
‘Angus Lindsay Ritchie Calder’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edition (2012)
‘Churchill as a Liberal’, in Revue Francaise de Civilisation Britannique vol 16 no 2, ‘Le Parti Liberal en Grande-Bretagne 1906-1924 (2011), 111-122
‘Clement Attlee’, in Vernon Bogdanor (ed), From New Jerusalem to New Labour: British Prime Ministers from Attlee to Blair (2010), 9-22
‘Angus Calder’, in History Workshop Journal no 70 (Autumn 2010), 299-304
Paul Addison, ‘The impact of the Second World War’, in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds.), A Companion to Contemporary Britain (Blackwell Publishers, 2005), 3-22 Paul Addison, ‘Winston Churchill’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). Paul Addison, ‘National identity and the Battle of Britain’, in Barbara Korte and Ralf Schneider (eds.), War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain (Amsterdam, 2002), 225-40. Paul Addison, ‘The three careers of Winston Churchill’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., 11 (2001), 183-200. Paul Addison, 'The British Conservative Party from Churchill to Heath: men or doctrine?', Contemporary European History, 8 (1999), 289-98. Paul Addison, 'Winston Churchill's concept of "The English-Speaking Peoples"’, in Attila Pok (ed.), The Fabric of Modern Europe (Nottingham, 1998), 103-18. Paul Addison, 'Churchill and the price of victory, 1939-1945', in Nick Tiratsoo (ed.), From Blitz to Blair, (London, 1997), 53-76. Paul Addison, 'Churchill and the quest for peace in Ireland', in James Muller (ed.), Churchill the Peacemaker (Cambridge, 1997), 186-209. Paul Addison, 'British historians and the debate over the post-war consensus', British Studies lecture at the University of Texas at Austin (1997), reprinted in W. Roger Louis (ed.), More Adventures with Britannia (Texas and London, 1998), 255-64. Paul Addison, 'Soziale Sicherheit in Großbritannien. Die nationale Perspektive' in Günther Löttes (ed.), Soziale Sicherheit in Europa, Physica-Verlag (Heidelberg, 1993), 93-110 (translated into German by Günther Löttes). Paul Addison, 'Oxford in the Second World War', in Brian Harrison (ed.), The History of Oxford University, vol. vii (Oxford, 1994), 167-88. Paul Addison, 'Destiny, history and providence: the religion of Winston Churchill', in Michael Bentley (ed.), Public and Private Doctrine: Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling (Cambridge, 1994), 236-50. Paul Addison, 'Churchill and social reform', in Robert Blake and William Roger Louis (eds.), Churchill: A Major New Assessment of his Life in Peace and War (Oxford, 1993), 57-78. Paul Addison, 'The road from 1945', in Peter Hennessy and Anthony Seldon (eds.), Ruling Performance: British Administrations from Attlee to Thatcher (Oxford, 1987), 5-27. Paul Addison, 'Churchill in British politics, 1940-1955' in J.M.W. Bean (ed), The Political Culture of Modern Britain: Studies in Memory of Stephen Koss (London, 1987), 5-27. Paul Addison, 'Winston Churchill and the working class, 1900-1914', in J. M. Winter (ed), The Working Class in Modern British History: Essays in Honour of Henry Pelling (Cambridge, 1982), 43-64. Paul Addison, 'Britain and the politics of social patriotism', in Sidney Aster (ed.), The Second World War as a National Experience (Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War, Ottawa, 1981), 38-51. Paul Addison, 'The political beliefs of Winston Churchill', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser., 30 (1980), 23-47. Paul Addison, 'Winston Churchill', in J. P. Mackintosh (ed.), British Prime Ministers, vol. ii: Churchill to Callaghan (London, 1978), 1-36. Paul Addison, 'Journey to the centre: Churchill and Labour in coalition, 1940-1945', in C. Cook and A. Sked (eds.), Crisis and Controversy: Essays in Honour of A.J.P. Taylor (London, 1976), 165-93. Paul Addison, 'Die Zwelte Weltkrieg und die politische Enwticklung Englands, 1939-1945' in Oswald Hauser (ed.), Weltpolitik II 1939-1945 (Musterschmidt, Gottingen, 1975), 178-96 (translated into German by Dietrich Aigner). Paul Addison, 'Patriotism under pressure: Lord Rothermere and British foreign policy', in C. Cook and G. Peele (eds.), The Politics of Reappraisal (London, 1975), 189-208. Paul Addison, 'By-elections in the Second World War', in C. Cook and J. Ramsden (eds.), By-Elections in British Politics (London, 1974), 165-90, reprinted UCL Press (1997), 130-150. Paul Addison, 'Lloyd George and compromise peace in the Second World War', in A.J.P. Taylor (ed.), Lloyd George: Twelve Essays (London, 1971), 361-84, reprinted Gregg Revivals (1994).