Captain Professor: A Life in War and Peace

Captain Professor: A Life in War and Peace

by Michael Howard


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Captain Professor: A Life in War and Peace by Michael Howard

Not since A.L. Rowse published his memoir On Historians has such a witty and perceptive memoir been published by a celebrated historian.

Captain Professor constitutes the memoir of one of the most distinguised British historians of the post war years, Professor Sir Michael Howard. Award the Military Cross in the Second World War, Howard recounts how between battles he befriended the young film director Franco Zefirelli, and fought the Germans in Italy with (the future Bishop) Simon Phipps and the (future) ballet critic Richard Buckle. In Oxford after the war, he gives delicious insights into academic life, including perceptive portraits of Hugh Trevor-Roper, Keith Thomas and A.L. Rowse.

Howard had a major influence on the strategic and defence policy of the country and made his name as a military historian. His influence on the study of history in schools and universities has been considerable, and he has been substantially responsible for the burgeoning of First World War studies, its history and its literature. He claims, however, that he eventually pipped many more obvious candidates to the post to become the royally-appointed Regius Professor of History because he was the only candidate that the Queen of England had heard of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826491251
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/26/2006
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Sir Michael Howard served with the British Army in Italy during the Second World War and was awarded a Military Cross. Thereafter he established the Department of War Studies at King's College London, which he left to become first Chilchele Professor of the History of War, and then Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, ending his professional career as Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale. He has been awarded The Order of Merit and is a Companion of Honour. In addition to his own History of the First World War, his works include The Franco-Prussian War, War in European History, and most recently Liberation or Catastrophe.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Family
Part 1: Captain
1. Prewar
2. Wartime
3. Italy I: Salerno
4. Italy II: Naples to Florence
5. Italy III: Florence to Trieste

Part 2: Professor
6. Peacetime
7. War Studies
8. Strategic Studies
9. The USA
10. Whitehall
11. Oxford
12 Fin de Siecle

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