Eric J. Evans

Eric J. Evans FRSA FRHistS (born 1945[1]) is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Lancaster.[2][3]

Eric J. Evans

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His first degree was from the University of Oxford (1966) and his PhD was from the University of Warwick (1970). His specialist research interests include: British political history since the eighteenth century; the history of social policy; how social change affects the political process; British national identities.


His academic career began as a Lecturer at the University of Stirling (1969–71). He has been at Lancaster University since 1971, being successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader. He became Professor of Social History in 1985. He was an office-holder of the Social History Society from its inception in 1976 to 1998, serving as the Society's Chairman (1991–98) and Honorary Vice-President.

Recent publications include The Shaping of Modern Britain, 1780–1914 (Pearson, 2011), Sir Robert Peel, Statesmanship Power and Party (2nd ed., 2006) and The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain 1783–1870 (3rd ed., Longman, 2001). He is also interested in curriculum development and assessment. He has Chief Examiner and Chair of Examiners in History for each of the three major English GCSE and A-level Awarding Bodies. He was Chair of the History Postgraduate Awards Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Board from 2000 to 2005.

He was elected a Centenary Fellow of the UK Historical Association in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2004.

His hobbies include music and cricket.[citation needed]


  • Evans, Eric J. (1989), Britain before the Reform Act (2nd, 2008 ed.), Longman, ISBN 978-0-582-29908-5
  • Evans, Eric J. (1991), Sir Robert Peel: Statesmanship, Power and Party (2nd, 2006 ed.), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-36616-8
  • Evans, Eric J. (1994), The Great Reform Act of 1832 (2nd ed.), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-203-13189-3
  • Evans, Eric J. (1997), Thatcher and Thatcherism (3rd, 2013 ed.), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-66019-8
  • Evans, Eric J. (1999), Parliamentary Reform, c. 1770–1918 (1st ed.), Longman, ISBN 978-0-582-29467-7
  • Evans, Eric J. (1999), William Pitt the Younger (1st ed.), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-13285-5
  • Evans, Eric J. (2001), The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783–1870 (3rd ed.), Longman Pearson, ISBN 978-0-582-47267-9
  • Evans, Eric J. (2011), The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire, 1780–1914 (1st ed.), Longman Pearson, ISBN 978-1-4082-2564-6


  1. VIAF profile
  2. Clapson, Mark (2009), The Routledge companion to Britain in the twentieth century, Taylor & Francis, p. 180, ISBN 978-0-415-27535-4
  3. "Eric Evans, History, Lancaster University". Retrieved 2 February 2011.