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Top Ten Celebrities with History Degrees

in association with the University of Kent

History is one of the most versatile degrees you can take. It demands painstaking research and eloquent arguments. It'll ask you to analyse and debate, consider and compose, and to tackle some of the broadest, most controversial topics humans have dealt with. it's good training, good enough for almost anything. And these ten celebrities with history degrees prove exactly that. 


Salman Rushdie

Esteemed novelist, essayist and self-proclaimed hardline atheist, Salman Rushdie read History at Cambridge. He has gone on to become a prolific author, winning the Booker Prize in 1981 with Midnight's Children, as well as being a controversial figure in the world of religion. Hailed as a progressive wordsmith by some and maligned as a blasphemer among others, Rushdie divided opinion with his book The Satanic Verses, even prompting Iran to impose a fatwa ordering all Muslims to kill Rushdie. Besides this, the writer has won numerous awards.

N.B: State legitimised death threats are not the typical trajectory of a History graduate.