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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

Professor Colin Jones

History of France, especially 17th to 19th centuries; French Revolution; history of medicine; cultural history

Professor Martin Rudwick

History of earth sciences, especially the reconstruction of the earth's pre-human history, 1750-1850; the history of visual imagery in the natural sciences; epistemic issues in field- and museum-based sciences

Professor Alex Walsham

The religious and cultural history of early modern Britain, especially the impact, reception and repercussions of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations

Professor Colin Kidd

Intellectual history of the British world from the 17th century onwards; history of race, ethnicity and nationhood; constitutional theory; Scottish history