Tibor Szamuely (historian)

Last updated

Tibor Szamuely
BornMay 17, 1925
DiedDecember 10, 1972
Occupation(s)historian and polemicist [1]

Tibor Szamuely (14 May 1925 – 10 December 1972) was a Russian-born Hungarian Jewish historian and polemicist.


Szamuely was born in Moscow, [2] the eldest of three children and elder son of György Szamuely and his wife, Elsa Szanto, both from Hungarian Jewish merchant families. [3] He received his education in England, first at Bertrand Russell's Beacon Hill School in Hampshire, and later at the progressive Summerhill School in Suffolk. Returning to Moscow in the 1930s with his family, he was later evacuated to Tomsk during the Second World War. He served with the Red Army in their occupation of Hungary, but would later return to the Soviet Union to study history at the University of Moscow.


In 1950, he was arrested on espionage charges and spent eighteen months at a lumber camp before being released at the request of Mátyás Rákosi. After his release, he took up academic work in Hungary, becoming vice-rector of the University of Budapest in 1957. After failing to participate in an attack on Georg Lukács, he was, however, dismissed from this post. He left Hungary in 1963 to teach at the Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Economic and Political Sciences (later the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute) in Winneba, Ghana. In 1964, he settled in Britain with his family.

During his time in England, he taught at the University of Reading and contributed frequently to The Spectator , Encounter , The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph . He was a close friend of Robert Conquest and Kingsley Amis and was a regular attendee of the lunches at Bertorelli restaurant.

He spent the latter part of his life living in Bayswater. In 1972, Szamuely died of cancer aged 47 in a hospital in London. He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London. [4]

His major study of Soviet history, The Russian Tradition, was edited by Robert Conquest and published posthumously by Secker & Warburg in 1974. [5]

He was the nephew of Tibor Szamuely, a politician during the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919. He married Nina Orlova (1923–1974), and was the father of George Szamuely, a journalist who contributes to Russia Today, and of Helen Szamuely, a prominent figure in the founding of the UK Independence Party. [6]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Flag of Ghana</span> National flag

The national flag of Ghana consists of a horizontal triband of red, gold, and green. It was designed in replacement of the British Gold Coast's Blue Ensign.

Herfast or Arfast (died 1084) was the first Lord Chancellor of Norman England. He was also Bishop of Elmham and later Bishop of Thetford, after he moved his see there.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Edward R. Pease</span>

Edward Reynolds Pease was an English writer and a founding member of the Fabian Society.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">House of Burgh</span> Ancient Anglo-Norman Dynasty

The House of Burgh or Burke was an ancient Anglo-Norman and later Hiberno-Norman aristocratic dynasty who held the earldoms of Kent, Ulster, Clanricarde, and Mayo at various times, provided one Queen Consort of Scotland, and played a prominent role in the Norman invasion of Ireland.

Alphonse James AlbertSymons (pronounced SIMM-ons; was an English writer and bibliographer.

Adriano Castellesi, also known as Adriano de Castello or Hadrian de Castello, was an Italian cardinal, an English agent in Rome, and a writer. He was born in Corneto, which is today's Tarquinia. He was the child of a modest family.

George Szamuely is a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute. He was a frequent columnist for the Taki's Top Drawer pages of the New York Press. Szamuely has also written for Antiwar.com, Counterpunch, Commentary, The Observer and the Centre for Research on Globalization. He is a frequent contributor to the RT show CrossTalk.

Joshua Edward Synge ('Josh') Cooper CB, CMG was an English cryptographer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Walker Macbeth</span> Scottish painter, etcher and watercolourist

Robert Walker Macbeth was a Scottish painter, etcher and watercolourist, specialising in pastoral landscape and the rustic genre. His father was the portrait painter Norman Macbeth and his niece Ann Macbeth. Two of his five brothers, James Macbeth (1847–1891) and Henry Macbeth, later Macbeth-Raeburn (1860–1947), were also artists.

John of Tynemouth was a medieval English chronicler who flourished in the mid-14th century.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne</span>

Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne was one of the most influential of the political hostesses of the extended Regency period, and the wife of Whig politician Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. She was the mother of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and several other influential children. Lady Melbourne was known for her political influence and her friendships and romantic relationships with other members of the English aristocracy, including Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford, and George, Prince of Wales. Because of her numerous love affairs, the paternity of several of her children is a matter of dispute.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Edward Ward (judge)</span>

Sir Edward Ward (1638–1714) was an English lawyer and judge. He became chief baron of the exchequer, and is best known as the judge in the state trial for piracy of Captain Kidd.

Founders' Day is a national public holiday observed to commemorate the contributions of all the people, notably the "Big Six" who led the struggle for Ghana's independence. The Founder's Day was formerly called "Founder's Day" with the letter "S" appearing after an apostrophe and it was celebrated to earmark the achievements of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana's first president and a member of the "Big Six". He was born on 21 September, hence, the "Founder's" Day celebration on 21 September in each year in honour of his participation in the Ghanaian movement for independence from British colonial rule. Other members of the "Big Six" were Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta, and Ebenezer Ako-Adjei. There were several thoughts and realizations of the leaders of the Present President Akufo Addo's regime that other members of the "Big Six" who were part of the struggles for Ghana's independence must be honour as part of the celebration. The name was changed from "Founder's Day" to "Founders' Day". Meaning that the word is plural to include other member of the "Big Six" as part of Ghana's "Founder's Day" celebration and in honour of them.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Arthur Clutton-Brock</span> English essayist and journalist

Arthur Clutton-Brock was an English essayist, critic and journalist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Helen Szamuely</span> Eurosceptic historian

Helen Szamuely was a historian and Eurosceptic who was a researcher for the Bruges Group and founder of the Anti-Federalist League. After the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, she organised monthly meetings at the Red Lion near Parliament to discuss Europe.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hereford Square</span>

Hereford Square is a garden square in South Kensington, London SW7. It lies to the west of Gloucester Road, which forms the east side of the square. Wetherby Place is the western continuation, running off the north-west corner of the square.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Turold of Bayeux</span>

Turold of Bayeux was one of the Norman knights known from both the Bayeux tapestry and Domesday Book. Turold was named on the Bayeux tapestry, and could be depicted as a messenger in red. He is believed to have been a vassal of Odo of Bayeux, Bishop of Bayeux and is recorded as holding land from Odo in Kent in the Domesday Book in 1086.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Forster (Quaker)</span> British Quaker (1791–1873)

Robert Forster was a British Quaker. He was a surveyor, an estate manager and an abolitionist. He took a lifelong interest in education. He was cared for by his younger sister Anne Forster who died three days after him. He had notable brothers as well as sisters Mary Forster and Sarah Forster who were leading Quakers.

Mary Thimelby was an English prioress of St Monica at Leuven.


  1. Hurst, M. (2016). British Human Rights Organizations and Soviet Dissent, 1965-1985. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 155. ISBN   978-1-4725-2234-4.
  2. Brian Harrison (2002). Secret Lives. Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0-19-860637-6.
  3. "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" . Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31745. ISBN   978-0-19-861412-8.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. Paths of Glory. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. 1997. p. 96.
  5. Jonas, G. (2005). Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. Simon & Schuster. p. 388. ISBN   978-0-7432-9164-4.
  6. "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" . Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31745. ISBN   978-0-19-861412-8.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

Further reading