Hrothgar John Habakkuk, 1915–2002

F. M. L. Thompson

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263204
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734205 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Hrothgar John Habakkuk, 1915–2002

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Hrothgar John Habakkuk was an outstanding economic historian, greatly admired Principal of Jesus College Oxford for seventeen years, and a distinguished Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. The publication of his first book, in 1962, American and British Technology in the Nineteenth Century not only consolidated his position as one of the leading figures on the international stage, but also created a whole school of (mainly) American economic historians, who have paralleled in their vigour and significance the school of (mainly) British historians of landownership which grew out of his 1940 article. The book remains the most brilliant example of Hrothgar's historiographical methodology, the ‘marriage of history and theory’ expressed in the elegant prose of a master of the logical deduction of theoretical explanations from concrete empirical observations.

Keywords: economic historian; landownership; Jesus College; Oxford

Chapter.  10381 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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