Richard J. Overy

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Richard Overy is Honorary Research Professor at the University of Exeter, UK, where he taught for sixteen years. From 1980 to 2004 he was lecturer, then professor at King’s College London. Educated at Caius College, Cambridge, he completed his doctorate in 1976, while teaching as an assistant lecturer. He has written extensively on the history of air power, World War II, the German and Soviet dictatorships and modern British history. Among his 33 books are The Air War, 1939-1945 (1980), The Road to War (1989), Why the Allies Won (1995), Russia’s War (1997), The Dictators (2004) which won the Wolfson Prize, and The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (2013) which won a Cundill Award for Historical Literature. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the European Academy for Sciences and Arts. In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History, and in 2010 the James Doolittle Award for a lifetime’s work on air power. He is currently writing Blood and Ruins: A History of the Second World War, for publication in 2021.

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