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Richardson, R. C. 1944-


PERSONAL: Born August 31, 1944, in Middleton, Lancashire, England; son of Clifford (a painting contractor) and Doris (a shop owner; maiden name, Taylor) Richardson. Education: University of Leicester, B.A. (with honors in history), 1965; University of Manchester, Ph.D., 1968. Politics: Labour Religion: "Evangelical." Hobbies and other interests: Theater, music, travel, reading.

ADDRESSES: Home—5 Partridge Down, Oliver's Battery, Winchester SO22 4HL, England. Offıce—Department of History, King Alfred's University College, Winchester SO22 4NR, England. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Thames Polytechnic, London, England, began as lecturer, became senior lecturer, 1968-77; King Alfred's University College, Winchester, England, head of history department, 1977-97, professor of history, beginning 1993, head of research and graduate center, 1997-2001, director of international relations, 2001. Visiting professor in the United States, 1982—.

MEMBER: Royal Historical Society (fellow).


Puritanism in North-west England: A Regional Study of the Diocese of Chester to 1642, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1972.

(With W. H. Chaloner) British Economic and Social History: A Bibliographical Guide, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1976, 3rd edition, 1996.
The Debate on the English Revolution, Methuen (London, England), 1977, 2nd edition published as The Debate on the English Revolution Revisited, Routledge (New York, NY), 1988, 3rd edition, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1998.

(With T. B. James) The Urban Experience: English, Scottish, and Welsh Towns, 1450-1700, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1983.

(With G. M. Ridden) Freedom and the English Revolution, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1986.

The Study of History: A Bibliographical Guide, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1988, 2nd edition, 2000.

Town and Countryside in the English Revolution, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1992.

Images of Oliver Cromwell, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1993.

The English Civil Wars: Local Aspects, Sutton (Herndon, VA), 1997.

(Editor) The Changing Face of English Local History, Ashgate Publishing (Burlington, VT), 2000.

General editor of two series of books for Manchester University Press (Manchester, England). Coeditor, Literature and History.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A book about domestic servants in the seventeenth century.

SIDELIGHTS: R. C. Richardson once told CA: "My publications record long-standing interests in seventeenth-century English historiography, historiography, and bibliography. The first preoccupation is with what I take to be the key century in English history—politically, economically, socially, and intellectually. The others stem from my conviction that so much of history as a discipline is to do with refractions and with the role of historians as mediators of the past. An extension of this is my concern with the interface between literature and history and with the benefits of bringing together the subject matter and methodologies of both disciplines."

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