Papers of William Ranulf Brock, b.1916, Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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Mainly press cutting reviews of his work, drafts of novels, notes and notebooks, audio cassettes. Accompanied by manuscript list of papers and typed list of Hendry's publications 1942-1989

Administrative / Biographical History

William Ranulf Brock was born on 16 May  1916  and was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge where he graduated MA and PhD. He was the Senior Scholar in  1936  and was the Earl of Derby Research Student in  1937 ; in  1940  he became the Prize Fellow (in absentia). He undertook his military service in the Army from 1939-1945. Following this he took up the post of Assistant Master at Eton College from 1946-1947. He was a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge from  1947-1967 . From 1952-1953 and also in 1958, he was the Commonwealth Fund Fellow at Berkeley University, California and at the universities of Yale and Johns Hopkins. In  1967  he became Professor of Modern History, at the  University of Glasgow, Scotland. He became the Visiting Professor of Michigan University in 1968 and at Washington University in 1970. He was also the Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University in 1976. His publications include: Lord Liverpool and Liberal Toryism, 1941; The Character of American History ,1960; The Evolution of American Democracy, 1970 and Politics and Political Conscience, 1978.


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Donated by Professor W R Brock, 15 Dec 1981. (Files 6-8 were retained for use by Bernard Aspinwall, Modern History Department, and deposited by him, 05 May 1995).

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Details of descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue accessible from the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections, searching by the call number MS Gen 1614.

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Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 26 May 2005

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