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Edwin James Lawrence[1] (born 26 May 1943), most commonly known as Lawrence James, is an English academic, notable for his works as a writer and historian.[1] He has written several works of popular history about the British Empire. He has written for the Daily Mail, the Times and the Literary Review.[2]



James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York in 1966.[3]

Notable works

  • 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 British Empire, 1994
  • 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

He is also well known for his work on the Christmas tales.[citation needed]


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  3. ^ "Rah - The Making and Unmaking of British India". Grapevine (Alumni Office, University of York) (Spring/Summer 1998): 20. 

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