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Published: 23 September 2004

61,472 Pages | 10,000 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198614111

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

In Association with the British Academy

Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison

  • 50,000 biographies and 60 million words record the lives of the men and women who shaped all aspects of British past over the last 2,400 years.
  • From Ashford to Zimbabwe, administrators to zealots, the Oxford DNB is filled with the everyday and the unexpected. Its range is enormous, covering a multitude of professions, places, and sometimes strange preoccupations.
  • In print form, 60,000 pages in 60 volumes, plus an index of contributors.
  • Over 36,000 newly written biographies, including 13,500 newly selected people from all historical periods.
  • Over 3,000 newly included biographies of women.
  • 10,000 expert contributors worldwide have written articles of up to 30,000 words in length.
  • 10,000 portrait illustrations, accompanying the relevant subject's life - the largest ever selection of national portraiture.
  • A new focus gives extended coverage of the regions of the British Isles, Britons abroad, and former colonies.
  • 400 specialist advisers and a 50-strong editorial team have worked for ten years to create this new authority.
  • A £25 million project jointly funded by Oxford University Press and the British Academy.
  • An absolutely fascinating read.