Peterhouse historians such as Herbert Butterfield, Maurice Cowling, David Knowles, Hugh Trevor-Roper and Tony Wrigley have played a prominent role in the intellectual development of the modern historical profession. The College currently has four Fellows in History and allied subjects who cover, between them, ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern history, and who teach a number of papers in British and European history, and the history of political thought. As a result, many supervisions in your first and second year, and some in your final year, will take place in College. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe specializes in late Roman history, with a focus on early Christian life and thought; Magnus Ryan works on the history of political ideas, especially in the Middle Ages, and the relationship between law and politics between roughly 1100 and 1600; Scott Mandelbrote’s interests range across early modern British and European intellectual history, in particular the history of scholarship and the history of science; Brendan Simms works on modern European history, with interests in the German Question, Britain and Europe, humanitarian intervention and state construction. The Peterhouse History Society meets regularly and is organized by our undergraduates. It invites distinguished speakers from outside Cambridge to talk about their work in an informal setting. The Ward Library – named after one of the editors of The Cambridge Modern History – houses one of the most complete collections of modern historical literature in the University, tailored to the needs of undergraduate historians.
The History course allows candidates to cover a wide range of options from ancient to contemporary history, with a slight concentration on the history of the British Isles but with the possibility of studying most parts of the world.
The History Faculty is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is consistently ranked as the best in research and teaching assessments. It has internationally recognised experts in all relevant fields of study. For more information about the History course at Cambridge, see the University website.