Richard Vinen

Richard Charles Vinen is a British professor of history at King's College London. Vinen is a specialist in European twentieth century history, particularly Great Britain and France.[1] He was born in Birmingham and lived on a road in the Bourneville Estate. His father was a professor of physics. Vinen attended Trinity College, Cambridge. Later he moved to London where he and his wife lived in a succession of "amusingly louche" locations early in his career. He has written that "the Serious Crime Squad once installed a camera in our bedroom so that they could keep an eye on one of our neighbours."[2] His first academic post was at Queen Mary College (now Queen Mary University of London) and he joined King's in 1991.

Vinen's latest book National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963 (2014) received generally positive reviews.[3][4] On 13 May 2015, he was presented with a Wolfson History Prize and Templer Medal for it.[5]

Selected publications


  1. Professor Richard Vinen. King's College London. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. "National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963, by Richard Vinen | Books". Times Higher Education. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. "National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945–1963 by Richard Vinen, review: 'a little laborious'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  4. Richard Davenport-Hines. "National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945–1963 by Richard Vinen – review | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  5. "King's College London - Professor Richard Vinen wins Wolfson Prize and Templer Medal".
  6. Nord, Philip (1 January 1997). "Review of Bourgeois Politics in France, 1945-1951". French Politics and Society. 15 (1): 88–90. JSTOR 42844623.
  7. "france--1934-1970".
  8. Vinen, Richard (1 January 2000). "A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century". Da Capo Press via Google Books.
  9. Le Ber, Jocelyne (1 January 2008). "Review of The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation". Rocky Mountain Review. 62 (1): 92–94. JSTOR 20479508.
  10. Vinen, Richard (1 January 2009). "Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era". Simon & Schuster via Google Books.
  11. Vinen, Richard (28 August 2014). "National Service: A Generation in Uniform 1945-1963". Penguin via Amazon.

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