David Cannadine

David Nicholas Cannadine (born 1950) is a British historian, known for a number of books including The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy and Ornamentalism; and as a commentator and broadcaster on British public life, especially the British monarchy. He also serves as the general editor of the Penguin History of Europe series.

He was born in Birmingham and attended King Edward VI Five Ways school within the city. He read history at Clare College, Cambridge, and wrote a doctorate while at St John's College, Oxford, supervised by Peter Mathias, also spending time at Princeton University. In 1975 he became a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a University Lecturer.

From 1992 he was Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University. In 1998 he became director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and in 2003 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of British History there.

He married the historian Linda Colley in 1982.


  • Lords and Landlords; the aristocracy and the towns, 1774-1967 (1980)
  • Patricians, Power and Politics in nineteenth-century Towns (1982) (editor)
  • The Pleasures of the Past (1991)
  • G.M. Trevelyan: A Life in History (1992)
  • Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain (1994)
  • The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (1996)
  • The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain (1998)
  • History in Our Time (1998)
  • Ornamentalism: How the British saw their Empire (2001)
  • In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain (2002)
  • What Is History Now? (2002) (editor)
  • Trafalgar in History: A Battle and Its Aftermath (2006) (editor)
  • Mellon: An American Life (2006)
  • The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007) (editor)
  • Empire, The Sea and Global History: Britain's Maritime World 1763-1833 (2007)(editor)

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