Simon Schama

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Born in 1945 in London, Simon Schama attended the private Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School on a scholarship and studied history at Christ’s College, Cambridge, graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Starred First in 1966. He taught history at Christ’s College, Cambridge University (1966-76) and at Oxford University (1976-80) and worked at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris before moving to the US at Harvard University where he was Erasmus Lecturer in the Civilization of the Netherlands (1978), Professor of History, Mellon Professor of Social Sciences and senior associate at the Center for European Studies (1980-93). He moved to Columbia University in 1994 where he is University Professor of History and Art History, specializing in art, Dutch, Jewish and French history. He was an art critic for the New Yorker (1995-98).

Schama’s first book,
Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813, won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History in 1977. His other books include Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, The Story of the Jews, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, A History of Britain and The Power of Art. He has created highly successful TV series for the BBC and for PBS.

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