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Professor Andrew Chandler

Professor in Modern History

Andrew Chandler


Andrew Chandler is Professor in Modern History in the Department of History. He studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge before lecturing at the Universities of Birmingham and Keele. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

He established the George Bell Institute to support the work of international scholars and thinkers at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham in 1996 and brought it to the University of Chichester in 2007. The work of many of those who became Fellows of the Institute continues to define much in his own research while the commitments announced by earlier studies on the German resistance against Nazism and Christian martyrdom in the twentieth century remain important in his writing and thought.

Andrew Chandler’s interests embrace the interrelationship between politics, religion and diplomacy across the twentieth century. His work shows a particular commitment to Britain and Continental Europe, to issues of church and state, democracy and dictatorship, and to the evolution of international organizations. His work has often emphasized the history of the Church of England but it has also insisted on a variety of ecumenical perspectives. His 2005 study of the history of the Church Commissioners, 1948-1998, broke new ground in integrating the themes of religion, politics and international investments. With the American historian, David Hein, he published in 2012 a biographical study of Archbishop Fisher while in 2013 he co-edited with the Danish historian Charlotte Hansen an edition of the reports sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury from the Second Vatican Council. His biographical study, George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, 1929-1958, was published by Eerdmans in 2016 and Anglicanism, Methodism and Ecumenism: A History of the Queen’s and Handsworth Colleges, 1828-1970 was published by I.B. Tauris in 2018. He has also contributed to the Cambridge History of Christianity and to a new international history of global Christianity for the publishers EJ Brill and Kohlhammer.

He is currently completing a book on the British churches and Nazi Germany (for Cambridge University Press) and a study of Archbishop Lang, while editing with the German historian Gerhard Ringshausen a comprehensive edition of the letters, papers and speeches of Bishop George Bell (for Bloomsbury).

Committed to interdisciplinary and ecumenical collaboration, Andrew Chandler has organized a succession of conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Poland. He has also been responsible for a number of international public commemorations which have integrated historical, religious and political dimensions. He is a founder member of the editorial board of the North American-based Contemporary Church History Quarterly. He contributes regularly to a number of journals and has served on various councils, boards and panels.

Andrew Chandler teaches undergraduate courses in modern British, European and American history. He also supervises post-graduate students in modern British political and religious history.

Key Publications

The Church of England in the Twentieth Century: The Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998 (Boydell, 2005).

Archbishop Fisher: Church, State and World, 1945-1964 (with David Hein) (Ashgate, 2012)

Observing Vatican II: The Confidential Reports of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative, Bernard Pawley 1961-1964 (with Charlotte Hansen) (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Evangelicalism, Piety and Politics: The Selected Writings of W.R. Ward (Ashgate, 2014)

Piety and Provocation: The Life and World of George Bell (forthcoming: Eerdmans, 2016)

PhD Supervision

Andrew is delighted to support post-graduate students in modern British political and religious history.

Research Output


Chandler, A. (2019) Catholicity: Anglicanism, history and the universal church in 1947. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 18 (2-3). pp. 236-251. ISSN 1747-0234 10.1080/1474225x.2018.1501641

Book Sections

Chandler, A. (2018) Christianity in Europe and North America between the World Wars, 1918-c.1939. In: A History of Global Christianity. Brill, Leiden/Boston, pp. 19-40. ISBN 9789004352810 10.1163/2589-5656

Chandler, A. (2018) Christianity in Europe and North America in the Age of the Cold War. In: A History of Global Christianity. Brill, Leiden/Boston, pp. 99-124. ISBN 9789004352810 10.1163/2589-5656

Chandler, A. (2011) Christian responsibility and the preservation of civilisation in wartime: George Bell and the fate of Germany in World War II. In: Cultural Heritage, Ethics, and the Military. Heritage Matters . Boydell & Brewer, Suffolk. ISBN 9781843835387

Chandler, A. (2007) Patronage des Widerstandes: Bischof Bell und das "andere Deutschland" wahrend des Zweiten Weltkrieges. In: Die Okumene und der Widerstand gegen Diktaturen. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, Germany, pp. 47-70. ISBN 978-3-1701-9966-8

Chandler, A. (2007) The march to the establishment: British nonconformity enters the twentieth century. In: Glaube-Freiheit-Diktatur in Europe und den USA: Festschrift für Gerhard Besier zum 60. Geburtstag. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Gottingen, pp. 245-256. ISBN 978-3-5253-5089-8

Chandler, A. (2006) Catholicism and Protestantism in the Second World War in Europe. In: World Christianities c.1914 - c.2000. The Cambridge History of Christianity, 9 . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 262-284. ISBN 0521815002


Chandler, A. and Ringshausen, G. (2019) In the Long Shadow of the Third Reich: The George Bell-Gerhard Leibholz Correspondence,1938-1958. Documentation. Bloomsbury, London.

Chandler, A. (2016) George Bell, Bishop of Chichester: Church, State and Resistance in the Age of Dictatorship. Other. Wm B. Eerdmans, Michigan, USA.

Chandler, A. (2013) The latter glory of this house: Two Christian commonwealths in Britain, 1828-1980. Other. Darton, Longman & Todd, London.


Chandler, A. and Hansen, C. (2013) Observing Vatican II: The confidential reports of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative, Bernard Pawley, 1961-5. Fifth Series, 43 . Cambridge University Press: Royal Historical Society, Cambridge.

Chandler, A. and Hein, D. (2012) Archbishop Fisher, 1945-1961: Church, State and World. The Archbishops of Canterbury Series . Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey. ISBN 9781409412338

Chandler, A. (2012) The Church and Humanity: The Life and Work of George Bell, 1883–1958. Ashgate, Surrey. ISBN 9781409425564

Barsham, D., Brighton, T., Carter, J., Chandler, A., Everard, B., Hutchings, B., Kinsley, Z., Rounce, A., Salkeld, D., Sambrook, J. and Wyatt, J. (2009) William Collins poet, 1721-59. Otter Memorial Papers, 26 . University of Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex. ISBN 9780948765629

Chandler, A. (2006) The Church of England in the Twentieth Century: The Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998. Boydell Press, Woodridge, UK. ISBN 9781843831655

Baily, U., Barrett, P., Carey, A., Chandler, A., Devonshire Jones, T., Everard, B., Graf, P., Huneke, M., Joice, M., Kemp, E., Lerbs, H., Lloyd, T., McKee-Lerbs, C., Manktelow, M., Mason, L., Moorman, J., Porter, R., Radcliffe, J., Robbins, K., Smith, T., Walker, P. K., Watson, G., Wilkinson, P. and de Witt, A. (2004) Bell of Chichester (1883-1958): a prophetic Bishop. Otter Memorial Papers, 17 . University College Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex. ISBN 0948765844

Other department members

Alwyn Turner
Alwyn W Turner
Senior Lecturer in History
Clare Toombes
Student Employability Adviser
Daria Mattingly
Lecturer in Contemporary International History (European)

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