Peter Clark (historian)

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Not to be confused with Peter Clarke (historian).

Peter Alan Clark (born 1944) is a British historian. Since 2000, he has been a professor of European urban history at the University of Helsinki.

Clark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated (Modern History first class) in 1966. He started his career as a research fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was then lecturer, reader and later professor of economic and social history at the University of Leicester. From 1985 to 1999, he was the director of the Centre for Urban History of the University of Leicester.[1]

He contributed to a number of publications, including the Cambridge Urban History of Britain. Clark is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters[2] and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


  • Editor, The Early Modern Town (Longman, 1976).
  • The English Alehouse: A Social History (Longman, 1983); awarded the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize.
  • Editor, Small Towns in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1995), paperback edition 2002.
  • British Clubs and Societies (Oxford University Press,2000); paperback edition 2002.
  • Editor, Cambridge Urban History of Britain vol. 2 1540-1840 (Cambridge UP, 2000).
  • General Editor, Cambridge Urban History of Britain 3 vols. 85 contributors (Cambridge UP, 2000).