Ghosh, Professor Peter


Peter Ghosh

Senior Research Fellow

Former Professor of the History of Ideas

Former Jean Duffield Fellow in Modern History


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Peter was a Fellow of St Anne’s from 1982 until 2023, when he retired and became a Senior Research Fellow. He has two related research interests:

  • the interface between political ideas and English politics, c. 1850 – 1895
  • the evolution of Western European and British ideas, including historiography, from the Enlightenment to the present.

His current research commitments focus on Max Weber and the history of history (a larger category than that of historical writing) from the Renaissance to the present day. The attraction of both fields lies in their combination of breadth and depth.


Max Weber in Context: Essays in the History of German Ideas C. 1870-1930 (2016)

Max Weber and ‘The Protestant Ethic’: Twin Histories (2014)

A Historian Reads Max Weber: Essays on the Protestant Ethic (2008)

Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew (2006)

An up-to-date list of publications can be found here.