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Arthur Burns

Professor Arthur Burns

Arthur Burns is Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London where he teaches 18th and 19th-century British political and social History. He is also Vice-Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He chief research interests lie in the later 18th and early 19th centuries, and in particular in the history of the Church of England both as an institution and as a profession. He is a director of the important online historical resource, The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 ( and has written widely on the intersection of the church and the wider political culture in later Hanoverian Britain. He was one of the editors of the award-winning St Paul’s: The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004 (Yale, 2004), and is currently working on a study of the Christian Socialist tradition at Thaxted in Essex. Arthur Burns is currently Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society with particular responsibility for Education.