Jones, P(eter) M(ichael) 1949-

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JONES, P(eter) M(ichael) 1949-

PERSONAL: Born April 19, 1949, in Birmingham, England; son of Ronald Arthur and Ethel Constance (Jesper) Jones; married Carolyn Margot Ford (a school teacher), August 3, 1973; children: Nicholas, Anna, Isobel. Education: University of Leeds, B.A. (with honors), 1970; Oxford University, D.Phil., 1977; attended University of Toulouse le Mirail, 1971-72.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Modern History, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England.

CAREER: University of Leicester, Leicester, England, tutorial assistant, 1973-74; University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, lecturer in history, 1974-88, reader in French history, 1988-95, professor of French history, 1995—.


Politics and Rural Society: The Southern Massif Central, ca. 1750-1880, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1985.

The Peasantry in the French Revolution, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1988.

Reform and Revolution in France, 1774-1791: An Essay in the Politics of Transition, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1995.

(Editor) The French Revolution in Social and Political Perspective, E. Allen, 1996.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A comparative history of six French villages c. 1760-1820.

SIDELIGHTS: P. M. Jones once told CA: "My fascination with things French developed in the 1960s as a result of camping holidays spent on the Atlantic coast. My professional connection with France dates back to 1970, when I began doctoral research under the guidance of Richard Cobb, an Oxford-based historian of France. As the student of an endangered species (the French peasantry), I elected to trace it to one of its last known habitats—the Massif Central. The result was my first book, which explores the impact of a century of political change on the country dwellers of southern central France. This was followed by a textbook study of the peasantry during the revolution and a number of other works."