This is the official website for Linda Colley: award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster.

Linda Colley is a historian who specialises in post-1700 British history, a focus which has led her into studies of nationalism, empire and global history. She is author of a number of critically-acclaimed books. They include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (1982), Namier (1988), Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992) which won the Wolfson Prize, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 (2002) and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh (2007), which was named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year.

In 2014, Linda Colley was listed by Sunday Times as one of the 100 most influential Britons.

Her most recent work is Acts of Union and Disunion, a 15-part BBC Radio 4 series and book about what has held the United Kingdom together – and what might drive it apart. She also writes regularly on history, politics and art for newspapers and magazines; including The GuardianLondon Review of Books, New York Review of Books and New Republic. She has served on the Board of the British Library, the Council of Tate Gallery of British Art, the Advisory Board of the Yale Center of British Art and been a Trustee of Princeton University Press.

She is currently the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University in the United States. Her forthcoming book The Gun, the Ship, the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World will be released March 2021, and is available for preorder here.

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Message from Linda Colley

Welcome to my website! Here you will find information about me, my publications, teaching, current research, public activities, and future lectures and appearances. You will also be able to read some of my articles and essays, reviews of my books which are in print and links to purchase copies of them. The website is designed for anyone who is interested in history, and in my career. I do hope you find it useful.

Professor Linda Colley


Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University