David Kynaston

David Thomas Anthony Kynaston (/ˈkɪnəstən/; born 30 July 1951[1] in Aldershot) is an English historian specialising in the social history of England.[2]

David Kynaston
David Thomas Anthony Kynaston

(1951-07-30) 30 July 1951 (age 69)[1]
Academic background
EducationWellington College
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
London School of Economics (PhD)
ThesisThe London Stock Exchange, 1870-1914 : an institutional history (1983)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineEnglish society
InstitutionsKingston University

Early life and educationEdit

Kynaston was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and New College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern history in 1973,[1] and was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics on the history of the London Stock Exchange in 1983.[3][4]

Career and researchEdit

Kynaston became a Visiting Professor at Kingston University in 2001.[1]

Tales of a New JerusalemEdit

David Kynaston King Labour 1976 Title

In 2007 Kynaston published Austerity Britain, 1945–1951 to much acclaim.[5] The title consists of two books that together make the first volume in a projected series of six entitled Tales of a New Jerusalem. In this series Kynaston intends to chronicle the history of Great Britain from the end of World War II to the ascension of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.[6] Austerity Britain was named "Book of the Decade" by The Sunday Times.[7]

Family Britain (2010) is the second volume in the series, and was also released as two books.[8] It covers the period from 1951 to the Suez crisis of 1956.[8] The volume was serialised on BBC Radio 4 as its Book of the Week for 23 November 2009, read by Dominic West.[9] The third volume, Modernity Britain, covering the years 1957–59, was published in June 2013.[10][11]



  1. ^ a b c d Anon (2017). "Kynaston, Dr David Thomas Anthony". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U281869. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ "Bloomsbury - David Kynaston - David Kynaston". www.bloomsbury.com.
  3. ^ Kynaston, David Thomas Anthony (1983). The London Stock Exchange, 1870-1914 : an institutional history. london.ac.uk (PhD thesis). London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). OCLC 24154737. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.295464.  
  4. ^ Random House's page about City of London 1 Archived 1 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine specifies Wellington College, New College Oxford, and the LSE, although it does not give years or degrees.
  5. ^ Christopher Silvester (30 October 2009). "Family Britain, 1951–57: David Kynaston". Express. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  6. ^ Kynaston, David (2007). Austerity Britain, 1945–1951. London: Bloomsbury. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-7475-9923-4.
  7. ^ "The best of the decade". The Times. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  8. ^ a b Diski, Jenny (August 2010). "Fastidious Albion: Postwar Britain keeps calm, carries on". Harper's Magazine. 321 (1, 923): 79–82. Retrieved 29 June 2013. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Kynaston, David (23 November 2009). "Family Britain". Book of the Week. BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  10. ^ DeGroot, Gerard (14 June 2013). "Modernity Britain by David Kynaston, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  11. ^ Bennett, Catherine (22 June 2013). "Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959 by David Kynaston – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  12. ^ Weight, Richard (November 2013). "Review of Modernity Britain : opening the box, 1957–59". Reviews. History Today. 63 (11): 64–65. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  13. ^ Mark Damazer, "Modernity Britain by David Kynaston: Social history with a smile" (review), New Statesman, 27 June 2013.
  14. ^ Hillman, Nick (2019). "Review of 'Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem'". hepi.ac.uk. Higher Education Policy Institute.
  15. ^ Green, Francis; Kynaston, David (2019). Engines of privilege : Britain's private school problem. London. ISBN 978-1-5266-0127-8. OCLC 1108696740.
  16. ^ Clanchy, Kate (2019). "Engines of Privilege review – a challenge to Britain's private schools?". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Derham, Patrick (2019). "Book review – Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem". tes.com. Times Educational Supplement.