Peter Burke

Peter Burke is among the most distinguished cultural historians of his generation. Now Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Emmanuel College, Burke has written on themes ranging from ‘high’ culture, particularly the Italian Renaissance, to the popular culture of early modern Europe. More recently, his research has turned to the history of media and communication and the history of knowledge. Outward-looking and cosmopolitan, Burke has not only made a profoundly original contribution to cultural history, but he has also played a crucial role in breaking down the intellectual barriers between the continental and Anglophone historiographical traditions. Polity has published over twenty of his books, including The Italian Renaissance, History and Social Theory, A Social History of the Media, What is Cultural History? and A Social History of Knowledge (volumes I & II).