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Amherst College, 1954, B.A., History
University of Oxford, B.A. 1956; M.A. 1961, History
Harvard University, 1960, Ph.D., History
James J. Barnes, the youngest of three sons, was born in Minnesota in 1931. He spent his childhood and adolescence in St. Paul, except for four years during World War II when his family lived outside of Buffalo, New York. In his youth, he excelled in football and music. He began teaching at Amherst College, his alma mater, but since 1962 he has spent his professional career at Wabash College, where he is now a Professor Emeritus of History. His interest in British history and culture led him to collaborate with his colleague and spouse Patience P. Barnes on numerous books and articles about the American Civil War from a British perspective, Nazism in the 1930s in England, and Fascism. He currently resides in Crawfordsville, Indiana, but still enjoys summer vacations in Minnesota.