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Professor Peter Ghosh

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in History



Academic Background

Having earned a BA in History from Merton College, Oxford, continued his academic pursuits as a Student at Nuffield College and later as a Junior Research Fellow. He then went on to become a Fellow and Tutor at St. Anne’s College, where he eventually became a Senior Research Fellow.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching

Professor Ghosh teaches and supervises students in the areas of Modern British History (papers V-VII), European History (1789-1990), Historiography: Tacitus to Weber, Theories of the State & Modern Political and Social Theory (from 1789).

Research Interests

Professor Ghosh’s primary research interests are in the areas of the history of historiography and social and political theory.



  • Edited (with Lawrence Goldman), Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew (OUP, 2006)
  • A Historian Reads Max Weber (Harrassowitz, 2008)
  • Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories (OUP, 2014)
  • Max Weber in Context: Essays in the History of German Ideas c.1870-1930 (Harrassowitz, 2016)

Recent Articles  

  • ‘Constructing Marx in the history of ideas’, Global Intellectual History 2 (2017), 124-68
  • ‘History and Theory in Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic”’, Global Intellectual History 4 (2019), 121-55
  • ‘Max Weber’s ethics for the modern world’, The Oxford Handbook of Max Weber (2019) Edith Hanke, Lawrence Scaff & Sam Whimster (eds.), 313-333
  • ‘Gibt es bei Max Weber eine Staatstheorie ?’, Staat und Historie (Nomos, 2021) Walter Pauly & Klaus Ries (eds.), 143-65
  • ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, 1904/5-1920’, Routledge International Handbook on Max Weber (Routledge, 2022), 145-57
  • ‘Political and unpolitical Germany: Max Weber and Thomas Mann’, Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur 48,1 (2023), 84-127


See also Professor Ghosh‘s web page on the Faculty of History website.