James Joll

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James Bysse Joll (1918-1994) was educated at Winchester, the University of Bordeaux and New College, Oxford, which he left to join the British Army in 1940; as a fluent German speaker, he eventually served in the German and Austrian sections of the Special Operations Executive. He returned to Oxford after World War II, completed his studies, and taught there, as a Fellow and Tutor in Politics from 1947 until 1950 before transferring to St Antony’s College. Joll was a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1954 and 1971, a visiting professor at Stanford in 1958 and a visiting lecturer at Harvard in 1962. In 1955 he met the painter and art historian John Golding with whom he formed a long relationship which lasted until Joll’s death.

In 1967 Joll left St Antony’s, Oxford to teach at the London School of Economics, as the Stevenson Professor of International History. His books include
Europe Since 1870: an International History, The Origins of the First World War, Three Intellectuals in Politics: Blum, Rathenau, Marinetti, and books on Italian Marxist intellectual Antonio Gramsci and on the history of anarchism and socialism. Joll was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1977. Following his retirement in 1981, he became Emeritus Professor of the University of London.

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