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Eric J. Evans (2 July 1945 – 27 March 2022) was a British historian who was
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of
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at the
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and was Chair (1991–98) and vice-president (since 1998) of the Social History Society.


Education

His first degree ( BA) was from the
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(1966) and his
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was from the
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(1970). His specialist research interests included: British political history since the eighteenth century; the history of
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; how social change affects the political process; British national identities.


Career

His academic career began as a
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at the
University of Stirling The University of Stirling (, gd, Oilthigh Shruighlea (abbreviated as Stir or Shruiglea, in post-nominals) is a public university in Stirling, Scotland, founded by royal charter in 1967. It is located in the Central Belt of Scotland, built w ...
(1969–71). He had been at
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since 1971, being successively
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,
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and Reader. He became
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of
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in 1985 and served as Dean of the university's Faculty of Arts and Social Science (2004–5). He was an office-holder of the Social History Society from its inception in 1976 to 1998, serving as the Society's
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(1991–98) and Honorary Vice-president (from 1998). More recent publications included ''The Shaping of Modern Britain, 1780–1914'' (Pearson Longman, 2011), ''
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, Statesmanship Power and Party'' (2nd ed., 2006) and ''The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain 1783–1870'' (3rd ed., Longman, 2001). He was also interested in curriculum development and assessment. He was Chief Examiner and Chair of Examiners in History for each of the three major English
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and
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Awarding Bodies. He was Chair of the History Postgraduate Awards Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Board from 2000 to 2005. He was elected a Centenary Fellow of the UK
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in 2006. He was also a Fellow of the
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and the
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. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the
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in 2004. His hobbies included music and cricket.


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Lancaster University Portal Obituary
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