George Kitson Clark

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George Sidney Roberts Kitson Clark (1900–1975) was an English historian, specialising in the nineteenth century.


He is known as a revisionist historian of the Repeal of the Corn Laws.[1][2][3] G. D. H. Cole identified a "Kitson Clark" school of historians revising the assessment of the Anti-Corn Law League and the Chartists.[4]

He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He lived the life of a bachelor don as Fellow of Trinity, from 1922 to 1975. He was Reader in Constitutional History from 1954 to 1967.[5]

Jack Plumb, who disliked Kitson Clark, describes him as a reformer of the History Tripos,[6] and obstacle to Lewis Namier,[7] with various swipes .


He was the son of the engineer Edwin Kitson Clark, and brother of Mary Kitson Clark.[8]


  • Guide for Research Students Working on Historical Subjects (1958)
  • Making of Victorian England (1962)
  • Peel and the Conservative Party (1964)
  • An Expanding Society: Britain 1830-1900 (1967)
  • The Critical Historian (1967)
  • Churchmen and the Condition of England 1832–1885 (1973)
  • Portrait of an Age (1977) editor


  • Robert Robson (editor) (1967), Ideas and Institutions of Victorian Britain: Essays in honour of George Kitson Clark


  1. ^ G. S. R. Kitson Clark, The Electorate and the Repeal of the Corn Laws, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th Ser., Vol. 1, 1951 (1951), pp. 109-126.
  2. ^ G. Kitson Clark, Hunger and Politics in 1842, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 25, No. 4 (December 1953), pp. 355-374.
  3. ^ E. Sreedharan, A Textbook of Historiography, 500 B.C. to A.D. 2000 (2004), p. 249.
  4. ^ Paul A. Pickering, Alex Tyrrell, The People's Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (2000), p. 4.
  5. ^ Maurice Cowling, Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England (1980), p. 197.
  6. ^ J. H. Plumb, The Making of An Historian I, p. 164-5.
  7. ^ Plumb, pp. 98-9.
  8. ^ Obituary, Mary Kitson Clark