Peter Stansky

Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus

At Stanford Since

Ph.D. Harvard University; B.A. King's College, Cambridge; B.A., Yale College

Research Interests

  • Modern British History

Courses Taught

  • Fictions of Empire
  • Modern Britain
  • Exploring Modern Britain through Documents and Images held at Stanford
  • History through the Arts: Britain in the First Half of the 20th century.


  • Ambitions and Strategies: The Struggle for the Leadership of the Liberal Party in the 189Os (1964)
  • England Since 1867: Continuity and Change (1973)
  • Gladstone: A Progress in Politics(1979)
  • William Morris (1983)
  • Redesigning the World, William Morris, the 1880s, and the Arts and Crafts.(1985)
  • On or About December 1910: Early Bloomsbury and its Intimate World (1996)
  • Another Book That Never Was (1998)
  • From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper (1999) includes bibliography of writings 1954-1998
  • Sassoon: The Worlds of Philip and Sybil (2003)
  • Journey to the Frontier: Julian Bell and John Cornford: Their lives and the 1930s, with William Abrahams (1966)
  • The Unknown Orwell, with William Abrahams (1972)
  • Orwell: The Transformation, with William Abrahams (1979)
  • London's Burning, with William Abrahams (1994)
  • The Left and War: The British Labour Party and the First World War, Editor (1969)
  • John Morley Nineteenth Century Essays, Editor (197O)
  • Winston Churchill: A Profile, Editor (1973)
  • The Victorian Revolution, Editor (1973)
  • On Nineteen Eighty-Four, Editor (1983)
  • The Aesthetic Movement and the Art and Crafts Movement, Editor, with Rodney Shewan. A reprint series of 73 volumes (1976, 1979)
  • Conference on British Studies Biographical series, Editor, 6 vols.(1968-1974)
  • Modern British History Series, Editor, 18 vol. with Leslie Hume (1982)
  • Modern European History Series, Editor, 47 vols. (1987-1992)
  • The First Day of the Blitz (2007)
  • Julian Bell: From Bloomsbury to the Spanish Civil War (2012)


  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • DeLancey K. Jay Prize, Harvard, 1961
  • Guggenheim Fellowships, 1966-67, 1973-74
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 1978-79
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowships, 1983, 1998-99
  • Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, 1988-89
  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society