John Erickson (historian)

John Erickson
Born 17 April 1929
Died 10 February 2002 (2002-02-11) (aged 72)
Residence United Kingdom
Academic work
Main interests military historian (History of warfare, World War II, Soviet Union in World War II
Notable works The Road to Stalingrad and The Road to Berlin

John Erickson FRSE FBA FRSA (17 April 1929 in South Shields 10 February 2002 in Edinburgh)[1] was a British historian and defence expert who wrote extensively on the Second World War. His two best-known books – The Road to Stalingrad and The Road to Berlin – dealt with the Soviet response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union, covering the period from 1941 to 1945.[2] His Russian language skills and knowledge gained him respect.[3]


He began lecturing in History at St Andrews University in 1958. In 1962 he moved to Manchester University as a Senior Lecturer. In 1967 he moved to Edinburgh University as a Reader in Higher Defence Studies, becoming a Professor in 1969. From 1988 to 1996 he was Director of the Centre for Defence Studies in Edinburgh.[4]



  1. Dalyell, Tam (February 12, 2002). "Professor John Erickson- Obituary". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  2. Christopher Bellamy (February 12, 2002). "John Erickson". The Guardian. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.

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