Hugh Brogan: Receives honorary degree

TWO prominent residents of Wivenhoe have received honorary degrees from Essex University.

Historian Hugh Brogan and artist James Dodds received the special recognition as part of the university's graduation ceremonies at the Wivenhoe Park campus yesterday.

Professor Brogan, an expert on the history of the United States, taught in the university's history department for 24 years before his retirement in 1998.

Before coming to Essex, Prof Brogan was a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge (1963 to 1974), a staff writer for The Economist (1960 to 1962) and a Harkness Fellow in the USA (1962 to 1964).

He has written on French history, British history and the life of Arthur Ransome, as well in his main area of expertise, the political history of the US.

Most recently he has published a biography of Alexis de Tocqueville.

His other works include The Life of Arthur Ransome (1974), Mowgli's Sons: Kipling and Baden-Powell's Scouts (1987), Kennedy (1996) and Signalling from Mars: Selected Letters of Arthur Ransome (1997).

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