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Martin Daunton previously taught at the University of Durham and University College London, before moving to Cambridge in 1997. He was chairman of the Faculty of History and of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences before he was elected to the Mastership of Trinity Hall in 2004. He was President of the Royal Historical Society from 2003 to 2007which involved him in debates over the role of history in education. He was a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum from 2002-2010 where he was active in discussion of how to interpret events in British history such as Trafalgar and the end of the slave trade. He is curently a member of the academic awards committee of the Leverhulme Trust.  In 2012, he became head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He continues to teach, write and research in modern economic history.


Martin Daunton's general area of research interest is economic and social policy in Britain and its empire and in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published two books on the politics of taxation since the end of the eighteenth century, which raise major questions about the nature of the state, its functions, the boundaries with the market and other forms of provision, the construction of economic and social knowledge, and the relationships of the state with its citizens.   He has recently published a collection of essays dealing with these themes.  He has also published two general surveys of British economic history from 1700 to 1951.  He is now working on two projects: a book on the economic government of the world since the 1930s; and intergenerational justice and economic development.


Key publications: 
  • House and Home: Working-class housing in the Victorian city, 1850-1914 (London, 1983)
  • Royal Mail: The Post Office since 1840 (London,1985)
  • Progress and poverty: an economic and social history of Britain, 1700-1850 (Oxford, 1995)
  • Trusting Leviathan: the politics of taxation in Britain, 1799-1914 (Cambridge, 2001)
  • edited, Cambridge Urban History of Britain, 1840-1950 (Cambridge, 2000)
  • Just Taxes: the politics of taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 (Cambridge, 2002)
  • Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1851-1951 (Oxford, 2007)
Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Economic History
Master of Trinity Hall (until 2014)
Professor  Martin  Daunton
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