Modern historian challenging our view of Britain

David Edgerton"The Rise and Fall of the British Nation"

Professor David Edgerton

Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology,
King’s College London



David Edgerton is a historian of science and technology and of twentieth-century Britain.  He teaches in the History Department at King's College London, where he is Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History.  He was the founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine now at King's College London. He chairs King's Contemporary British History, and is a co-director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War.

He was educated at St. John's College Oxford and Imperial College London, and has taught at the University of Manchester, Imperial College and now King's College London. He was a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow, 2006-2009, and gave the 2009 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize Lecture at the  Royal Society.

His interests include: history of twentieth-century Britain; global histories of technology and production; the British state and British militarism; technocrats and experts in the modern world. He is known for challenging the welfarism and declinism in the writing of the history of twentieth-century Britain and for developing the concepts of the British warfare state and liberal militarism.

His books include The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 and The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: a twentieth-century history