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David Edgerton


  • Professor of Modern British History & Hans Rausing Profess, History
    • WC2R 2LS

      United Kingdom

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    Research interests


    • History and historiography of twentieth-century Britain
    • Global histories  of technology and production
    • The British state and British militarism
    • Material histories of modernity
    • Technocrats and experts in the modern world.

    David Edgerton is known for challenging the welfarism and declinism of much of the older historiography of twentieth-century Britain and for developing the concepts of the British warfare state and liberal militarism. He is also known for a new approach to the histories of science and technology focussing on the asking of historical questions and avoiding the innovation and academic-centric accounts derived from the discourses of interested parties and which opens up the possibility of fresh material histories of modernity.  His The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Profile, 2006) is available in French, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese translation. His The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: a twentieth-century history was published by Allen Lane in June 2018.

    He  welcomes inquiries from prospective research students.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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