repeatedly, and I think his work is superlative. He is an academic who can speak to people without removing nuance from what he is communicating. He also does not speak down to his audience but in a way invites them to join him on the journey he's making.
He was first famous for his book on Holland and the Dutch development of their commerce which pre-dated even that of the English. Then he wrote what I consider to be the definitive book on the French Revolution, entitled Citizens. Again both compulsively readable and scrupulously researched. He then did two series for the BBC turned into books called the History of Britain.
He's a very bright Essex boy who went to one of the grammar schools in Southend I believe and on to Oxford or Cambridge and on into the stratosphere.
I do believe he is opposed to the changes which have occurred in the English University system but that covers both the Blair New Labour and the Cameron Conservatives so there's no real differentiating. He is opposed to making wealth a critical factor in university attendance which is what has happened in Britain in the last 14 years. Labour introduced tuition fees as one of their first actions upon being elected in '97 and the Conservatives have just cranked them up to L5000 a year. Scotland remains tuition free but has had to put limits on the number of students from England Northern Ireland and Wales that it can accept, otherwise the number of native born Scots would be diminished.
There's an interview with him on BBC "5 minutes with ..." program.
I gathered from SE he's controversial (left or right I can't recall).
"There's no nobler label than ['populariser of history']".
[Can you remember lots of the kings and queens of England?]
'Oh, yes. Well, I can't do all the Ethels and Eggnogs ...'
[What's your favorite century?]
"This one; it's got to be the one you're living in."
I have an audiobook of his I haven't heard yet.