Colin Jones (historian)

Colin David Hugh Jones CBE is a British historian of France and professor of history at Queen Mary University of London.

Jones attended Hampton Grammar School. He then studied at Jesus College, Oxford, 1967–71, where he obtained a first-class honours degree in modern history and modern languages (French) and St Antony's College, Oxford from where he obtained his D.Phil (Doctoral Thesis) in 1978.

He began working as a temporary lecturer in history at Newcastle University, 1972–73 before moving on to the University of Exeter, where he remained until 1995. He was then appointed professor of history in the History Department of the University of Warwick, where he stayed until 2006.

He is known especially for his important history of Paris, Paris, Biography of a City, which won the Enid MacLeod Prize of the Franco-British Society as the book published in 2004 which contributed most to Anglo-French understanding.

Jones was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to historical research and higher education.[1][2]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Martin Daunton
President of the Royal Historical Society
Succeeded by
Peter Mandler

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