Martin Daunton

Emeritus Professor of Economic History
Martin Daunton studied economic history at the University of Nottingham and completed a PhD at the University of Kent. He was appointed lecturer in Economic History in the University of Durham in 1973 and moved to UCL in 1979 where he was promoted to the Astor Professorship of British History. From 1997 to 2015, he was Professor of Economic History in the University of Cambridge, and from 2004 to 2014 Master of Trinity Hall. He served as Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences on two occasions; outside Cambridge, he was President of the Royal Historical Society, a trustee of the National Maritime Museum, and chair of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Committee. He has held visiting professorships in Japan and Australia, and is a Visiting Professor at Gresham College in London.
Economic and social policy since c. 1800; economic governance of the world; intergenerational equity; taxation and public finance
Visiting Professor, Gresham College, 2020/21; Commissioner of Historic England


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Key publications

House and Home in the Victorian City: Working-Class Housing in English Cities, 1850-1914, London: Edward Arnold, 1983, 320pp

Royal Mail: The Post Office since 1840, London: Athlone Press, 1985, 388 pp

Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1700-1850, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, 620 pp.

Trusting Leviathan: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1799-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, 438 pp

Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 406 pp

Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1851-1951, Oxford University Press, 2007, 656 pp

State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2008, 341 pp

Other publications

Cambridge Urban History of Britain, Volume III, 1840-1950 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000

with Matthew Hilton, The Politics of Consumption, Oxford and New York: Berg, 2001

The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2005

with Marc Buggeln and Alexander Nutzenadel, The Political Economy of Public Finance: Taxation, State Spending and Debt since the 1970s Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017