Antony Beevor

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Sir Antony Beevor

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Antony Beevor in Gothenburg in 2015
BornAntony James Beevor
(1946-12-14) 14 December 1946 (age 72)
Kensington, London, England
OccupationAuthor, historian
LanguageEnglish
NationalityBritish
Education Abberley Hall School
Winchester College
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Subject Modern history
Notable awards Samuel Johnson Prize
Spouse Artemis Cooper
Children2
Relatives John Julius Norwich, father-in-law
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg  British Army
Years of service1966-1970
Rank Lieutenant
Service number 483855
Unit 11th Hussars
Website
www.antonybeevor.com

Sir Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is an English military historian. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.

Military history is a humanities discipline within the scope of general historical recording of armed conflict in the history of humanity, and its impact on the societies, cultures and economies thereof, as well as the resulting changes to local and international relationships.

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Early life and career

Born in Kensington, [1] Beevor was educated at two independent schools; Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire, followed by Winchester College in Hampshire. He then went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he studied under the military historian John Keegan, before receiving a commission in the 11th Hussars on 28 July 1967. [2] Beevor served in England and Germany and was promoted to lieutenant on 28 January 1969 before resigning his commission on 5 August 1970. [3] [4]

Kensington district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in central London

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Abberley Hall School is a coeducational preparatory day and boarding school in the village of Abberley, Worcestershire, England. Straddled between Worcester and Tenbury, it educates around 300 pupils.

Beevor has been a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London and at the University of Kent. [5]

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He revised his 1982 The Spanish Civil War in 2006 as The Battle for Spain, which keeps the structure and some language from its predecessor, but uses the updated narrative and detailed style of his Stalingrad book. The reworked release adds characters and archival research from Germany and Russia. [6]

Personal life

He is descended from a long line of writers, being a son of "Kinta" Beevor (born Janet Carinthia Waterfield, [7] 22 December 1911 – 29 August 1995), who was the daughter of Lina Waterfield, an author and foreign correspondent for The Observer and a descendant of Lucie Duff-Gordon (author of a travelogue on Egypt). Kinta Beevor wrote A Tuscan Childhood. Antony Beevor is married to biographer Artemis Cooper; they have two children, Nella and Adam. [8]

Lina Waterfield English journalist and author

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Reception of written works

His best-known works, the best-selling Stalingrad and Berlin - The Downfall 1945 , recount the World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany. They have been praised for their vivid, compelling style, their treatment of the ordinary lives of combatants and civilians and the use of newly disclosed documents from Soviet archives. [9] [10] [11]

<i>Stalingrad</i> (book) book by Antony Beevor

Stalingrad is a narrative history written by Antony Beevor of the battle fought in and around the city of Stalingrad during World War II, as well as the events leading up to it. It was first published by Viking Press in 1998.

<i>Berlin: The Downfall 1945</i> book by Antony Beevor

Berlin: The Downfall 1945 is a narrative history by Antony Beevor of the Battle of Berlin during World War II. It was published by Viking Press in 2002, then later by Penguin Books in 2003. The book achieved both critical and commercial success. It has been a number-one best seller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. Together with Beevor's Stalingrad, first published in 1998, they have sold nearly three million copies.

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The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 30 December 1922 to 26 December 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was a one-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Other major urban centres were Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Alma-Ata, and Novosibirsk.

His 2012 book The Second World War is noted for its focus on the conditions and grief faced by civilians and women and for its "masterful" coverage of the war in East Asia. [12] [13] Beevor's expertise has been the subject of some commentary; his publications have been praised as revitalizing interest in World War II topics [14] and have allowed readers to reevaluate events such as D-Day from a new perspective. [15] He has also appeared as an expert in documentaries related to World War II. [16] [17]

Overall, his works have been translated into over 30 languages with over 6 million copies sold. [18]

In August 2015, Russia's Yekaterinburg region considered the banning of Beevor's books, accusing him of Nazi sympathies citing his lack of Russian sources when writing about Russia, and promoting false stereotypes introduced by Nazi Germany during World War II. [19] [20] [21] Beevor responded by calling the banning "a government trying to impose its own version of history" like other "attempts to dictate a truth" such as the denial of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.

In January 2018, Beevors's book about the Battle of Stalingrad was banned in Ukraine. Beevor told RFE/RL: "I must say, this sounds absolutely astonishing. There's certainly nothing inherently anti-Ukrainian in the book at all." [22]

Honours

Beevor was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2017 New Year Honours for "services in support of Armed Forces Professional Development". [23]

Beevor is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres , [24] a member of Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana and a commander of the Order of the Crown. [5]

Beevor was elected an honorary Fellow of King's College London in July 2016. [25] He was also awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Bath in 2010, [24] [26] and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004. [5] [27]

His book Crete: The Battle and the Resistance for which he won the Runciman Prize, administered by the Anglo-Hellenic League for stimulating interest in Greek history and culture. [28]

Beevor has been recognized with the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Tim O'Brien, the 2013 recipient, made the announcement on behalf of the selection committee. [8] [29] [30] The award carried a purse of $US 100,000. [31]

In July 2016, he was awarded the Medlicott Medal for services to history by the UK based Historical Association. [32]

Beevor also sits on the Council of the Society of Authors. [33]

Awards

Published works

He has written thirteen books, novels and non-fiction.

BookYearTypePublishedOther
Violent Brink1975 Novel First published by John Murray, London
The Faustian Pact1983 Novel Jonathan Cape, London
For Reasons of State1980 Novel Jonathan Cape, London
The Spanish Civil War1982 Non-fiction First published Orbis, London ISBN   9780141001487
The Enchantment of Christina von Retzen1989 Novel Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London
Inside the British Army1990 Non-fiction Chatto and Windus, London
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance1991 Non-fiction John Murray, London ISBN   9780140167870
Paris After the Liberation, 1944–19491994 Non-fiction Co-authored with his wife, Artemis Cooper. Revised edition 2004
Stalingrad 1998 Non-fiction Viking Press, London, later by Penguin, LondonTranslated into 26 other languages. ISBN   9780670870950
Berlin: The Downfall 1945 2002 Non-fiction Penguin, LondonPublished as The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US ISBN   9780670030415
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova2004 Non-fiction (See Olga Chekhova) ISBN   9780670033409
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–392006 Non-fiction ISBN   9780143037651 Spanish edition published in 2005. ISBN   9780143037651
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy2009 Non-fiction Penguin Books, London ISBN   9780670021192
The Second World War 2012 Non-fiction W&N ISBN   9780316023740
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble2015 Non-fiction Viking ISBN   9780670918645
Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 19442018 Non-fiction Viking ISBN   9780241326763

Antony Beevor has edited books, including:

He has also contributed to several other books, including:

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