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Felipe Fernández-Armesto (born 1950) is a British
United Kingdom
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 and author of several popular works of history
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He was born in London
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, his father was the Spanish
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 Felipe Fernández Armesto and his mother was Betty Millan de Fernandez-Armesto, a British-born journalist and co-founder and editor of The Diplomatist, the in-house journal of the diplomatic corps in London.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto joined the history department at the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
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 in 2009, after occupying chairs at Tufts University
Tufts University
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 and the University of London (Queen Mary College
Queen Mary, University of London
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). He had spent most of his career teaching at Oxford, where he was an undergraduate and doctoral student. He has had visiting appointments at many universities and research institutes in Europe and the Americas, and has honorary doctorates from La Trobe University
La Trobe University
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 and the Universidad de los Andes
University of the Andes, Colombia
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In 1982 he published 'The Canary Islands after the Conquest: The Making of a Colonial Society in the Early Sixteenth Century', an archival study of the Canary Islands during the period of their original settlement. In 1987 he published 'Before Columbus: Exploration and Colonization from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic 1229-1492', a study of the earliest phase of European imperialism when Europeans left the Mediterranean and colonized the islands along the northwest coast of Africa.

Fernández-Armesto gained media attention in 2007 for his alleged brutalising by five policemen in Atlanta, Georgia
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 as a result of jaywalking
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Awards and honours

Among other distinctions, Fernández-Armesto has won the John Carter Brown Medal, the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
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 (UK), the Premio Nacional a Investigacion of the Sociedad Geográfica Española, Soain's Premio Nacional de Gastronomia for his history of food, and the Tercentenary Medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
  • 2008: Universidad de los Andes, honorary doctorate
  • 2007: World History Association Book Prize
    World History Association Book Prize
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    , Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration

Selected works

  • The Spanish Armada (1990)
  • Millennium: A History of Our Last Thousand Years (1995)
  • Reformation: Christianity & the World 1500 - 2000 (1996) (co-authored with Derek Wilson)
  • Truth: A History and a Guide for the Perplexed (1997)
  • Civilizations (2000).
  • Food: A History (published as "Near a Thousand Tables" in US/Can) (2001).
  • The Americas: A Hemispheric History (2003) ISBN 0375504761
  • Ideas That Changed the World (2003).
  • Humankind: A brief History (2004).
  • Pathfinders: a Global History of Exploration (2006)
  • The World: A Global History (2007).
  • 1492. The Year the World Began (2009)

As editor

  • A History of England
    A History of England
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  • The Times guide to the peoples of Europe (1994)

External links

  • Biography at Springerlink
  • Professor Fernández-Armesto at Queen Mary.
  • An interview with TMCQ: "With my usual intellectual perversity, I thought it would be interesting to have a history of the world
    History of the world
    The history of the world or human history is the history of humanity from the earliest times to the present, in all places on Earth, beginning with the Paleolithic Era. It excludes non-human natural history and geological history, except insofar as the natural world substantially affects human lives...

     written from an imaginary perspective. I am interested in shifting perspective. I do believe in objective historical reality. I do believe that the truth is out there and I’m absolutely not a relativist or a postmodernist."
  • An interview with Spiked magazine: "I defend people's right to deny the Holocaust and to utter lies — so long as the rest of us remain aware that what they're saying is a lie."
  • Truth and Authenticity Pulse Berlin