J.G.A. Pocock

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J.G.A. Pocock was born in London in 1924 and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a master's degree from the University of Canterbury and a doctorate of philosophy from Cambridge. He is now Harry C. Black Professor of History Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University, and an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge.

His many works on intellectual history include "The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law" (1957, second edition 1987), "Politics, Language and Time" (1971), "The Machiavellian Moment" (1975, second edition 2003), "Virtue, Commerce and History" (1985), "The Discovery of Islands" (2005), "Political Thought and History" (2009) and five volumes in an ongoing sequence, initiated in 1999, on "Barbarism and Religion". He has also edited "The Political Works of James Harrington: (1977) and "Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1987), as well as the collaborative study "The Varieties of British Political Thought" (1995).

Professor Pocock is also a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit in 2002.