The Passionate Historian
A conversation with Sir John H. Elliott

In clear, candid and captivating tones, Sir John Elliott tells us how an undergraduate encounter with a 17th century painting led him on a lifelong odyssey that resulted in him becoming one of the greatest Spanish historians of our age.

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About Sir John H. Elliott:
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Sir John Huxtable Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award, and the Balzan Prize for History.

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History in the Making

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Spain, Europe and the Wider World

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Imperial Spain: 1469-1716

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The Revolt of the Catalans

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Richelieu and Olivares

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Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Beginnings (1:23)

Chapter 2: Franco, Objectivity, and the Present (8:12)

Chapter 3: The Role of the Present (19:14)

Chapter 4: Flexibility, Languages, and Bad Handwriting (23:55)

Chapter 5: Historical Fashions and the Dangers of Exceptionalism (31:05)

Chapter 6: Biographical Dangers, the Surprise Test and Non-Barking (37:49)

Chapter 7: The Historian’s Life (44:15)

Chapter 8: Globalized History (50:06)

Chapter 9: Final Thoughts (55:46)

Credits (1:03:21)