Peter David Lyman Stansky

Stanford University
Historian; Educator
Humanities and Arts


Peter D.L. Stansky is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University, where he also served as Chair of the Department of History (1975-82), Director of the Stanford Humanities Center (2000-01), Chair of the Faculty Senate (1977-78), and Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences (1985-88). Stansky's scholarship addresses many of the main themes of modern British history: the dissipation of the Liberal and growth of the Labour parties; the rise of aesthetic modernism (and the central role played by the Bloomsbury Group); the impact of two world wars and the Spanish Civil War on British intellectuals; and postwar manifestations of an "austere," "swinging," and "cool" Britain. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Wittenberg University in 1984. He has written extensively on such topics as William Morris, the Bloomsbury Group and George Orwell.

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