Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Richard J. Evans is a historian of modern Germany and Europe.

Among his many books is a three-volume history of Nazi Germany, The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power, and The Third Reich at War, published by Penguin books (2003-2008), and translated into sixteen languages. His most recent book is The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (volume 7 in The Penguin History of Europe). He has written extensively on historiography, with books including In Defence of History (1997) and Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History (2014). His collected essays have been published in The Third Reich in History and Memory (2015).

He has held chairs at the University of East Anglia, Birkbeck (University of London) and Cambridge, where he was Professor of Modern History from 1998 to 2008 and Regius Professor of History from 2008 to 2014. From January to May 2018 he was Douglas Southall Freeman Visiting Professor of History at the University of Richmond, Virginia.

Professor Evans has served as Chair of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, and (from 2010 to 2017) President of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has been Provost of Gresham College in the City of London since 2014. He has been a member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since its inception, advising the British Government on claims for the return of artworks looted in the Nazi era.

He has been awarded the British Academy Leverhulme Prize and Medal for services to German history, the Civic Medal for Arts and Sciences of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association for outstanding services to history, and the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine. He holds honorary degrees from the universities of Oxford and London.

In 2012 he was knighted for services to scholarship.

Professor Evans is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, including the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

He was portrayed by the actor John Sessions in the recent Hollywood film “Denial” (2016), which depicts the David Irving Holocaust Denial libel case (2000), in which he served as the principal expert witness.

Professor Evans lives in Hertfordshire, England, and is married with two sons.

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