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Professor Martin Daunton FBA

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About this Fellow

Martin Daunton retired as Professor of Economic History and Head of the SChool of HUmanities and Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge in October 2016. He is currently completing a book on the economic governance of the world since 1933, and continues to work on the political economy of public finance, with a forthcoming edited collection on changes since the early 1970s. He is also working on taxation within the British empire and on issues relating to intergenerational equity.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Economic History, University of Durham, 1973 - 1979
  • Lecturer in Economic History, Reader, Professor of Modern History, Astor Professor of British History, University College London, 1979 - 1997
  • Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1997 - 2015
  • Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, 2015


Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 2002


Wealth and Welfare: An economic and social history of britain, 1851-1951 2007


State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism 2008


House and home in the Victorian city: working class housing 1850-1914 1983


Progress and poverty: an economic and social history of Britain 1850-1914 1995


Trusting Leviathan: the politics of taxation in Britain, 1799-1914 2001


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Modern Irish and British politics and history; nationalism, political violence, and intellectual history; the politics and history of terrorism

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The social, cultural, and political history of the late Russian Empire; Russian Revolution and Civil War; history of sexuality; history of law and medicine in Russia and modern Europe

Professor Catherine Merridale

The social, political and cultural history of Russia since the twelfth century, with a special interest in the twentieth century and in the lived experience and legacies of Stalinism

Professor Patricia Clavin

The international and transnational history of the 20th and 21st centuries; internationalism and global organisations, notably the League of Nations; European and US foreign policies, reappraising notions of security; the Great Depression