Jonathan Boswell is a general historian whose scholarly work in diverse fields has repeatedly defied what he calls 'narrow specialisation'.
Born in 1932, after National Service in the R.A.F, he read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. He worked in chemical factories and for many years in industrial relations before becoming an academic. He lives in north London with his wife Jill. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.
In his mid-30s, Jonathan converted to Catholicism, but has spent most of his life, 'stimulatingly' he says, with agnostics and secularists.
He worked at the City University Business School, St Antony's College Oxford, and for ten years at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund's College, Cambridge. His decisive move to choral polyphony and work on Palestrina started in the 1990s. Apart from Palestrina for All: Unwrapping, Singing, Celebrating, his publications include:
THE RISE AND DECLINE OF SMALL FIRMS, George Allen & Unwin, 1973.
SOCIAL AND BUSINESS ENTERPRISES: An introduction to organisational economics, Allen & Unwin, 1976.
BUSINESS POLICIES IN THE MAKING: Three steel companies compared, Allen & Unwin, 1983.
COMMUNITY AND THE ECONOMY, The Theory of Public Co-operation, with a foreword by Bernard Crick, Routledge, 1990/94.
CAPITALISM IN CONTENTION: Business Leaders & Political Economy in Modern Britain (with James Peters), Cambridge University Press, 1997.
J. Boswell, F.P. McHugh & J. Verstraeten, eds, CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT, Twilight or Renaissance? Leuven University Press, 2000.