Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
2,715 (10,856)1609,330 (3.43)1
British-born and educated historian John Plumb received his B.A. in 1933 from the University of London and his Ph.D. three years later from Cambridge University. After eight years as a research fellow at Cambridge, he became a member of the faculty and in 1966 professor of modern English history. During the same period and in the 1970s, he was a visiting professor in the United States at Columbia and at New York University. Plumb is the definitive authority on England's first prime minister, Robert Walpole, about whom he wrote a two-volume biography. Plumb presents a balanced study of the era of Whig supremacy and the earlier Hanoverian period, 1714--60. In addition to authoring books, Plumb has edited a number of multivolume works and has published numerous articles and book reviews. Says Crane Brinton, "Plumb writes firmly and well in the British academic tradition of his master, G. M. Trevelyan" (N.Y. Herald Tribune). (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from England in the Eighteenth Century… (more)
England in the Eighteenth Century 545 copies, 6 reviews
The Italian Renaissance 370 copies, 3 reviews
The Horizon Book of the Renaissance (Author) 236 copies, 3 reviews
The First Four Georges 210 copies, 5 reviews
A Journal of the Plague Year (Foreword, some editions) 3,463 copies, 63 reviews
Fanny Hill, or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Introduction, some editions) 3,241 copies, 59 reviews
Jonathan Wild (Foreword, some editions) 513 copies, 6 reviews
Revolutionary Europe 1783-1815 (Editor, some editions) 305 copies, 2 reviews
The Dutch Seaborne Empire: 1600-1800 (Foreword, some editions) 197 copies, 2 reviews
The Portuguese Seaborne Empire, 1415-1825 (Introduction, some editions) 131 copies, 3 reviews
England in the Eighteenth Century (Contributor) 126 copies
Renaissance Profiles (Editor) 95 copies, 1 review
17th century (105) 18th century (459) 18th century literature (47) American history (65) American Revolution (81) art (87) biography (60) Britain (59) British (116) British history (77) British literature (108) classic (149) classics (179) disease (62) ebook (57) England (229) English (84) English History (77) English literature (194) erotica (301) Europe (56) European History (86) fiction (866) Folio Society (87) historical (49) historical fiction (137) history (997) Italy (63) Kindle (74) literature (198) London (148) non-fiction (198) novel (221) plague (172) read (70) Renaissance (136) sex (45) to-read (325) UK (45) unread (69)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Sir John Harold Plumb was a British historian and prolific writer, specializing in 18th century British history. He was also a mentor to many other young historians. During World War II, he worked at the secret British intelligence centre, Bletchley Park, where he headed a section trying to decipher German naval codes.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.43)
0.5 3
1 28
1.5 5
2 99
2.5 25
3 351
3.5 83
4 326
4.5 24
5 119

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

J. H. Plumb is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


J. H. Plumb is composed of 11 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 194,736,468 books! | Top bar: Always visible