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Robert Brown


Robert Brown


Robinson College

Secondary school

Impington Village College and then Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.

Where do you come from originally?


What made you apply to study History at Cambridge?

A love of the subject, as well as a wish to fulfil my potential.

What would you say are the strengths of the Cambridge History course and teaching system?

The focus on individual supervisions is incredibly fulfilling and stimulating. The range of choice is also a strength and allows you to follow your interests. The quality of teaching is extremely high and many lecturers are currently carrying out work in fields on which they supervise, meaning you receive the benefits of new research and interpretations on the subject.

What have you enjoyed most in your degree?

The one-to-one supervisions can be very enjoyable. The Themes and Sources course, with its focus on group discussions of issues, is very interesting and often touches on issues that are highly relevant to the present day.

Which of the history books you have read most recently have you enjoyed the most?

The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze. I read this in my spare time as it had been recommended to me by a friend. A very interesting account of the Nazi economy, specifically its focus on war, and how this impacted upon Nazi policies and the Second World War.

What do you think makes a good historian?

The ability to read and summarise speedily. Being able to quickly absorb the essentials of a historiographical debate. The capacity to write an interesting and concise synthesis of a complex and wide-ranging topic.

Do you have any career plans at the moment?

Not really. I’m quite interested in Journalism though.

In what ways do you feel that your History degree is preparing you for working life?

My degree requires skilful time-management and planning in order to meet deadlines. Also, it inculcates the skill of speaking and expressing ideas clearly. I am also gaining the ability to use rhetoric and express myself on any given point fluently and persuasively.