Benjamin John Pimlott 1945–2004

Peter Hennessy

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Benjamin John Pimlott 1945–2004

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Ben Pimlott's writings provided one of the most significant scholarly spinal cords of post-war contemporary British history from Attlee to Blair. The politics of the centre Left were central to his scholarship, his personal convictions, and his renown as a public intellectual. Yet Pimlott was never tainted by dogma or ideology, and respect for him and his works straddled the political divides. Very tall, arresting, quietly spoken, courteous, attractive to women, and intellectually fastidious, he dominated – but never domineered – his special scholarly patch and, in the 1980s and 1990s, raised the art of political biography to new heights.

Keywords: historian; British history; biography; obituary

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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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