A goldmine of information for a diverse range of users - researchers and students of all disciplines, local and family historians, writers, biography readers, librarians, archivists, curators, and school students.
Edited by H. C. G. Matthew, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, and Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and Brian Harrison, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
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