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Professor Peter Mandler FBA

Modern British history, especially cultural, intellectual and social; the histories of the humanities and social sciences in comparative perspective
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About this Fellow

Peter Mandler is a social, cultural and intellectual historian of modern Britain and of the humanities and social sciences in the Anglophone world more generally. Current research addresses Britain's transition to mass education (at school and university level) since the Second World War, and how the language of social science entered everyday life in Britain and the U.S. over the course of the 20th century. He is Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge, and Bailey Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College; from 2012-16 he served as President of the Royal Historical Society and he is currently Chair of the British Academy's Modern History Section. 



Current post

  • Professor of Modern Cultural History, University of Cambridge; Bailey Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge


Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform: Whigs and Liberals, 1830-52 1990


Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War 2013


The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Edmund Burke to Tony Blair 2006


History and National Life 2002


The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home 1997


Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Dr Toby Barnard

The political, social and cultural histories of Ireland and England, c.1600-1800.

Professor Mary Fulbrook

20th-century German social history; structures & legacies of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic (GDR); longer-term German and European history in comparative perspective; the Holocaust and collective violence; historical and social theory

Professor Boyd Hilton

Late 18th and 19th century British history; political and cultural developments, theology and religious belief, social and economic thought.

Professor Richard McCabe

Early modern literature in its historical and intellectual contexts, especially poetry and drama; Edmund Spenser's engagement with Gaelic Ireland, the dynamics of Tudor and Jacobean patronage, the aesthetics of Renaissance tragedy.