Harold Temperley: A Scholar and Romantic in the Public Realm

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Harold Temperley was a leading Cambridge diplomatic historian of the interwar period and Master of Peterhouse at the time of his death in 1939. This biography sheds new light on the development of the British historical profession and contributes to our understanding of Cambridge life in the early twentieth century. It focuses on how Temperley's work affected the larger worlds of intellectual life and international politics outside his college. A basic premise of this study is that Temperley was influenced by ...
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Harold Temperley was a leading Cambridge diplomatic historian of the interwar period and Master of Peterhouse at the time of his death in 1939. This biography sheds new light on the development of the British historical profession and contributes to our understanding of Cambridge life in the early twentieth century. It focuses on how Temperley's work affected the larger worlds of intellectual life and international politics outside his college. A basic premise of this study is that Temperley was influenced by spiritual factors, especially the romantic literature and cultures of eastern Europe. He also exhibited, from his Victorian upbringing, a great confidence in the rightness of his own country's liberal institutions (in the Gladstone-Acton mode), and constantly sought intervention in the realm of public affairs. Early chapters lay a basis for Temperley's moral worldview and show how he and other scholars of the Cambridge History School struggled over whether history should be valued "for its own sake" or whether it should be regarded as a "school for statesmanship." During World War I, Temperley entered the active life. After brief service in Gallipoli he was assigned to the War Office, where he gathered intelligence on the Balkans and daily influenced British policy through his knowledge of that area and his ability to get on with the right people. At the end of the war he served as an "agent on mission" in southeastern Europe and was a member of the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference. Vehemently anti-Italian, Temperley was instrumental in frustrating Italian Irredentist aims along the eastern Adriatic. Later he represented Britain on the Albanian boundary commission and served as a special advisor to A. J. Balfour with Britain's League of Nations delegation in Geneva in 1921. Between the wars Temperley continued to mingle with persons in the highest echelons of government and academic affairs throughout Britain, Europe, and America. He gained
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874134131
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Years of Preparation
1 Early Days 23
2 A Historian's Apprenticeship 34
3 The Young Don 58
4 The Maturing Scholar 78
Pt. 2 Entering the Active Life
5 The War Years 105
6 Administering the Peace 125
7 Scholarly Triumphs 147
8 The Butterfield Connection 167
9 Gooch and Temperley 190
Pt. 3 Years of Denouement
10 "The 'Doctor' in His Lair" 219
11 Historian and Internationalist 245
12 Master of Peterhouse 274
Epilogue and Conclusion 291
Notes 305
Bibliography 338
Index 351
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