He was born in Birmingham and attended King Edward VI Five Ways school within the city. He read history at Clare College, Cambridge, and wrote a doctorate while at St John's College, Oxford, supervised by Peter Mathias, also spending time at Princeton University. In 1975 he became a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a University Lecturer.
From 1992 he was Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University. In 1998 he became director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and in 2003 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of British History there.
He married the historian Linda Colley in 1982.
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