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Edwin James Lawrence
most commonly known as Lawrence James
, is an English academic, notable for his works as a writer
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. He has written several works of popular history about the British Empire
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. He has written for the Daily Mail
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, the Times
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and the Literary Review
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James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York
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He subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford, and following a career as a teacher he became a full time writer in 1985.
- "Crimea 1854-56: The War With Russia from Contemporary Photographs", 1981
- "The Savage Wars : British Campaigns in Africa 1870-1920", 1985
- "Mutiny: In the British and Commonwealth Forces, 1797-1956", 1987
- Imperial Rearguard: The Last Wars of Empire, 1988
- The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, 1990
- Imperial Warrior: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby, 1993
- The Rise and Fall of the Oliver brothers, 1989–Present
- Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India, 1997
- The Illustrated Rise and Fall of the British Empire, 1999
- Warrior Race: A History of the British at War, 2001
- The Iron Duke: A Military Biography of Wellington, 2002
- The Middle Class, 2006
- "Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence - Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present", 2009
He is also well known for his work on the Christmas tales.
- "In the Realm of Peers" Ferdinand Mount, The Wall Street Journal
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, 31 July 2010