|Name James Raven|
|Education Clare College, Cambridge, Gilberd School|
Books The business of books, Bookscape: Geographies of Printin, Publishing Business in Eighteent, London booksellers and Amer, Judging New Wealth: P
James Russell Raven LittD FSA (born 1959) is a British historian.
Born in Colchester, James Raven attended The Gilberd School in the town. He read History at Clare College, Cambridge, where he also completed his doctorate on attitudes to wealth creation. He has been a visiting fellow at several American universities and institutions including Rutgers University, The American Antiquarian Society and The Newberry Library, Chicago. He was a Fellow, successively of Pembroke College and Magdalene College Cambridge, and from 1996 a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford and Reader in Social and Cultural History at Oxford from 2000. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Essex, returning to his home town. He is also Senior Research Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for Bibliographical History and a member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex
In 1985 he became a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and, in 1989, also Munby Fellow in Bibliography in the University. In 1990, he moved to Magdalene College, Cambridge to be a Fellow and Director of Studies in History. In 1996 he was appointed University Lecturer in the Modern History faculty at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor of Mansfield College, Oxford. In 2000, he was appointed Reader in Social and Cultural History at Oxford. In 2004, he returned to his home town of Colchester when appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Essex. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2000 and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2007. He was also a British Academy Research Reader, 2005-7.
Raven has directed several major national and international research projects, including two projects sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, 1991-2 in eighteenth-century European social history, and 1995-8, an international historical survey of publication and its reception in Great Britain 1770-1830. A further institutional award from the AHRB/British Academy 1996-2004, funded the centre at the University of Oxford researching aspects of the literary, commercial, and political topography of London circa 1690-1800 (‘Mapping the Print Culture of Eighteenth-Century London').
In 1976 Raven joined the English-Speaking Union and has been President of the Colchester Branch of the ESU since 1990 and serves as a national Governor (2000-6 and 2012-). He is a Trustee of Marks Hall, Essex, and the Friends of St Andrews' Fingringhoe. He is a member of the Pilgrims and the Mid-Atlantic Club.
He is the author of The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850 and Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750-1800. He is also Director of the Cambridge Project for the Book Trust (founded 1990) and a well-known writer and broadcaster on cultural and social history.