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Professor Michael Biddiss


Michael Biddiss was Professor of History in the Department from 1979 to 2004, since when he has been Professor Emeritus. He was Dean of the Faculty from 1982 to 1985, and Head of History from 1985 to 1989 and 1993 to 1997.

His other former posts include Presidency of the Historical Association (1991-4) and Joint Vice-Presidency of the Royal Historical Society (1995-9). He is also an Honorary Fellow (and former President) of the Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine at the Society of Apothecaries in London, where he continues to teach on diploma courses for doctors and other health professionals.

Selected publications

Professor Biddiss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous books and articles on aspects of European development since the late-18th century, with some particular emphasis on the history of ideas, of international criminal jurisprudence, and of medical culture.
His two most recent major publications have each involved collaboration with Reading colleagues:
• Nicholas Atkin & Michael Biddiss (co-eds), Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945 (Routledge, 2009, 386pp)
• Nicholas Atkin, Michael Biddiss, & Frank Tallett (co-authors), The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History since 1789 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 473pp).


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