Professor David Cannadine

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Professor David Cannadine
MA, LittD (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon), FBA, KB
Consultant, History of Education
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8794
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Modern History
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Professor Sir David Cannadine is an historian of modern British history from 1800 to 2000. He has published extensively on aspects of social, cultural, political and imperial history from this period, with a particular focus on the British aristocracy; urban development and the structure of power in British towns; issues of class in Britain and the themes of cultural expression and ceremony both within Britain and its empire.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2014 The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond our Diferences (Penguin Press, 2013; Knopf, 2013)


01-Jan-2013 'Growing Up with Penguin Books' in J. lyon and W Wootten (eds), Reading Penguin: A Critical Study

Edited Book

 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013)

01-Jan-2013 ‘The Calthorpe Family’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Edited Book

 Oxford University Press, 2013

01-Jan-2013 ‘Civilization’


 The Yale Review (2013)

01-Jan-2012 'Mr Gladstone, Carlton House Terrace and the Mind of a Statesman'. British Academy Review (2012)


01-Jan-2012 Sixty Years a Queen: The Diamond Jubilee in Historical Perspective in The Queen, Art and Image


National Portrait Gallery

01-Jan-2012 The Queen Art and Image with P Moorhouse

National Portrait Gallery

01-Jan-2012 Common Humanity


Penguin Press, 2012

01-Jan-2011 Sixty Years a Queen: The Diamond Jubilee in Historical Perspective

Edited Book

in P.Moorhouse (ed.), The Queen: Art and Image (National Portrait Gallery, London, 2011)

01-Jan-2011 Making History Now and Then: Discoveries, Controversies and Explorations


Palgrave paperback 2011

01-Jan-2011 The Right Kind of History


(Palgrave, 2011)

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

An investigation into the public life of two british princesses: HRH Mary the Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood and HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Co supervisor
Wendy Tebble

Past PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 1999
Until: 2002
E.S.Kehoe, ‘The British Museum: The Cultural Politics of a National Institution’ (University of London, 2002)

E.S.Kehoe, ‘The British Museum: The Cultural Politics of a National Institution’ (University of London, 2002)

Until: 2003
C.Ludington, ‘Politics and the Taste for Wine in England and Scotland, 1660-1860’ (Columbia University, 2003)

Published as The Politics of Wine: Power and Taste in England and Scotland, 1649-1860 (Basingstoke, 2012)

Until: 2003
M.C.Hall. ‘Alfonso XIII and the failure of Liberal monarchy in Spain, 1902-23’ (Columbia University, 2003)

Published as Alfonso XIII y el fracaso de la monarquia liberal Espanola, 1902-1923 (Madrid, 2005)

Until: 2005
F.Rosenfeld, ‘The Anglo-German Encounter in Occupied Hamburg, 1945-1950’ (Columbia University, 2005)

F.Rosenfeld, ‘The Anglo-German Encounter in Occupied Hamburg, 1945-1950’ (Columbia University, 2005)

Until: 1997
The Symbolic Monarchy in Japan's Post-War Democracy, 1945-1995 - Columbia University K J Ruoff

Published as The People's Emperor:Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy 1945-1995 (Cambridge, Mass., 2001)K J. Ruoff

Until: 1999
The Dirty Work of Empire:Policing, Political Violence and Public Order in Colonial Bengal 1905-1947 (Columbia University, 1990) M Silvestri

M. Silvestri Columbia

Until: 1999
The Monarchy and the Military:The Case and Career of the Duke of Cambridge in an Age of Reform' Columbia University, 1990 K Farrell

K Farrell, Columbia, 1999

Until: 1999
Soane at Westminster:Civic Architecture and National Identity, 1789-1834 Columbia University, S sawyer

S Sawyer, Columbia 1999

Until: 1999
The Question of Religion in Kashmir:Sovereignity, Legitimacy and Rights c 1846-1947 Columbia University, 1999

M Rai, Columbia. Published as Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects:ISlam, Rights and the History of KAshmir (London, 2004)

Until: 1999
Hedging Bets: The Politics of Commercial Ethics in Late Colionial India' Columbia University, 1999 R Birla

R Birla, Columbia, 1999. Published as 'Hedging Bets: Law, Market Ethics and Strategies of Capital in Late Colonial India' (Durham, NC, 2009)

Until: 1999
Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone (Columbia University, 1999). J Meisel

J Miesel, Columbia. Published as Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone (New York, 2001)

Until: 2000
M.Collins, ‘Good Companions: Personal Relationships Between Men and Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (Columbia University, 2000)

Published as Modern Love: An Intimate History of Men and Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (London, 2003)

Until: 2000
N.Harding, ‘Dynastic Union in British and Hanoverian Ideology, 1701-1803’ (Columbia University, 2000)

Published as Hanover and the British Empire, 1700-1837 (Woodbridge, 2007)

Until: 2001
J.T.Seaman, ‘James Bryce: A Study in Victorian Public Life’ (Columbia University, 2001)

Published as A Citizen of the World: The Life of James Bryce (London, 2006)

Until: 2002
C.Stockley, ‘From ‘Pay-Pause’ to Wage Freeze: The Rise and Fall of Consensual Incomes Policy, July 1961-July 1966’ (Columbia University, 2002)

C.Stockley, Columbia University

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
American fund for Westminster Abbey Director
Friends of Imperial War Museum President
Library of Birmingham Trust Trustee
Royal Oak Foundation Director
Gladstone Library Library
Gordon Brown Archive national record
Westminster Abbey Fabric Committee
Victorian Society Advisory Committee Vice President
New York Historical Society
Centre for History of Collecting in America, Frick Collection , New York Member
Attingham Trust Patron
Rothschild Archive
Royal Mint Committee
Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland Adviser
National Portrait Gallery
Blue Plaques Panel
Academia Europaea Member
Historical Association
Wolfson Foundation
Wolfson Foundation Philanthropic
British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
01-Oct-2013 Visiting Professor, Stern Business School, New York University


01-Jan-2013 Trustee, Royal Academy Trust

 Public Appointment - ongoing

01-Jan-2013 Distinguished Scholar, British Studies Centre, Rutgers University

 Honours and Prizes

01-Jan-2013 Norton Medlicott Medal, Historical Association

 Honours and Prizes

01-Jan-2013 Honorary Vice-President, Historical Association

 Honours and Prizes

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