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Evans Robert J. W.

Prof., M.A., Ph.D.
Born October 7, 1943

  • Historian
  • Honorary Member of Learned Society since 2004

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1952-62, Dean Close School, Cheltenham (U.K.);
  • 1962-68, Jesus College, Cambridge, B.A. Camb.
  • 1965: German, Russian, History. 1968, Ph.D. Camb.; 1969, M.A.Camb.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1968/1973-1992, Junior/Senior Research Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford;
  • 1992-97, Professorial Fellow;
  • 1969/1974/1990-1992, Faculty/University Lecturer/Reader in Modern History of East-Central Europe, Oxford;
  • 1992-97, Professor of European History;
  • 1997-present, Regius Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Oriel College

Membership in selected domestic scienctific bodies:

  • 1986-95, Joint-Editor, English Historical Review
  • 2001, Founding Member of EHR board
  • 1999-present, General Editor, Oxford History of Early Modern Europe. Chair, Oxford Historical Monographs Committee
  • 2001-04, British Academy, Chair, Section H9
  • 2000-present, Chair, Forum of British, Czech and Slovak Historians
  • 2000-present, Chair, Council
  • 2001-present, Oxfordshire Record Society

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1973, Fellow, Royal Historical Society.
  • 1984, Fellow, British Academy
  • 1995, Honorary Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 1997, Corresponding Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999, Fellow, Academia Europaea

Notable awards:

  • 1980, Wolfson Literary Award for History
  • 1986, Anton Gindely-Preis (Austria)
  • 1991, František Palacký Medal (Czechoslovakia)

Selected publications:

  • 2003, Editor, Great Britain and Central Europe, 1867-1914, Bratislava
  • 2002, Great Britain and East-Central Europe, 1908-48. A Study in Perceptions, London 2001, Wales in European Context. Some Historical Reflections, Aberystwyth
  • 2000, Editor, The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-9: From Reform to Reaction, Oxford
  • 1997, Rudolf II and his World. A Study in Intellectual History, 1576-1612 (paperback reprint.) London; 1998, also as Rudolf II. a jeho svět (Rudolf II and his world), Prague
  • 1998, The Language of History and the History of Language, Oxford
  • 1991, Editor, Crown, Church and Estates. Central European Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, London
  • 1988, Editor, The Coming of the First World War, Oxford
  • 1991, The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550-1700. An Interpretation (paperback reprint.) Oxford 1991) 2003, Also as Vznik habsburské monarchie, 1550-1700, Prague
  • 1975, The Wechel Presses. Humanism and Calvinism in Central Europe, 1572-1627, Oxford

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.