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Professor Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History (Emeritus) at the University of Cambridge and is also a Life Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He was the first historian to be awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize by the University. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1990. He has published extensively on the political, social and cultural history of Europe in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His books include  Joseph II; The French Revolution: class war or culture clash?; The French Revolutionary Wars; The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture; The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815; The Triumph of Music; The Romantic Revolution; Frederick the Great King of Prussia (which won the British Academy Prize for 2017) and George I. He is currently working on a biography of Augustus The Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. His books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, two teen-aged children and a Patterdale terrier. His mood rises or falls with the fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.