Christopher Alan Bayly


Christopher Alan Bayly

Sir Christopher Alan Bayly, FBA, FRSL (born in Tunbridge Wells, England, in 1945) is a British historian specializing in Indian, British Imperial, and Global History. Having obtained his BA, MA, and DPhil (1970) degrees from the University of Oxford, the latter under the supervision of John Andrew Gallagher, he is currently the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge and a trustee of the British Museum. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and in 2004 was awarded the prestigious Wolfson History Prize for his distinguished contributions to the discipline. He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2007 for his services to History. Upon being informed of the award he stated: "I regard this not only as a great personal honour but, as an historian of India, as recognition of the growing importance of the history of the non-western world."

In 2007, he succeeded Professor Sir John Baker as President of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. More recently, Bayly also became the Director of Cambridge's Centre of South Asian Studies. He is co-editor of The New Cambridge History of India and sits on the editorial board of various academic journals.

Selected bibliography

  • The Local Roots of Indian Politics: Allahabad, 1880-1920 (1975)
  • Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1780-1870 (1983)
  • Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire (1988)
  • Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 (1989)
  • Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870 (1996)
  • Origins of Nationality in South Asia: Patriotism and Ethical Government in the Making of Modern India (1997)
  • The Birth of the Modern World: Global Connections and Comparisons, 1780-1914 (2004)
  • Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-45 with Dr Tim Harper (2004)
  • Forgotten Wars: Revolution and the End of Empire in British Asia, 1945-55 with Dr Tim Harper (2007)

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