Peter Mandler

Peter Mandler, FBA (born 1958) is a British historian and academic specialising in 19th and 20th century British history, particularly cultural history and the history of the social sciences. He is Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[1] He is the current President of the Royal Historical Society, having been elected in 2012.[2]

Early life

Mandler was born in 1958 in the United States of America.[3] After attending Magdalen College, Oxford, as an undergraduate, Mandler did his PhD at Harvard where he wrote a dissertation entitled Liberalism and Paternalism: The Whig Aristocracy and the Condition of England, 18301852.

Academic career

Before joining the history faculty at Cambridge, he worked at Princeton and London Guildhall University.

Mandler supports popular, public history as expressed by Simon Schama, Linda Colley and Niall Ferguson over the narrow, specialist study of the discipline.[4] He occasionally makes television and radio appearances himself.[5]

He is currently working on a book about the anthropologist Margaret Mead and anthropology's move from the study of "simple, primitive" to "complex, modern" culture.

On 16 July 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[6]



  1. "Professor Peter Mandler". People. Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. "The Government of the Society". About Us. Royal Historical Society. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. "Professor Peter Mandler". The Faculty. Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. "Culture". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  5. "BBC Radio 4 FM - Schedules, Tuesday 12 April 2016". BBC. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  6. "British Academy Fellowship reaches 1,000 as 42 new UK Fellows are welcomed". British Academy. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. "Welcome | Yale University Press". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  8. Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain (1 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2006-09-21. ISBN 9780199271337.
  9. Mandler, Peter (2002-12-01). History and National Life. Profile Books Ltd. ISBN 9781861974693.
  10. Mandler, Peter (1999-05-01). The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300078692.
  11. Clive, John Leonard; Pedersen, Susan; Mandler, Peter (1994-01-01). After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain : Essays in Memory of John Clive. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415070560.
  12. Mandler, Peter; Studies, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical (1990-01-01). The Uses of charity: the poor on relief in the nineteenth-century metropolis. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812282146.
  13. Mandler, Peter (1990-01-01). Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform: Whigs and Liberals, 1830-1852. Clarendon Press. ISBN 9780198217817.

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Preceded by
Colin Jones
President of the Royal Historical Society
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