(John Edward) Christopher Hill (1912-2003), Historian
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Born in York, Hill entered Balliol College, Oxford in 1931; he won an All Souls Prize Fellowship three years later. Whilst at Balliol, Hill became a Marxist and joined the British Communist Party. He spent a year in Moscow in 1935, after which he returned to Balliol as a fellow and tutor of modern history. Hill's career took off from the mid 1950s, when his studies on seventeenth century English history began to be widely acknowledged and recognised. In 1965, Hill was elected master of Balliol, a post he held from 1965 to 1978, when he retired. His books include Economic Problems of the Church (1955), Puritanism And Revolution (1958), Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (1965).