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Lewis Namier 's unfinished business History today

Lewis Namier 's unfinished business History today

Main History
Some biographies approach the character of their subjects stylistically. It applies to this biography of Lewis Namier, a leading British historian of the mid-20th century. David Hayton on Namier is just like Namier and yet ready to run an ethical pen: far-reaching but able to concentrate; fascinating, but also with some longueurs; and consistently reasonable, cautious in its context, and adept in moving into a variety of worlds. We follow Namier from a comfortable childhood in Austria's Poland, albeit with a problematic father, through training in Switzerland and the London School of Economics to Oxford, where he goes to Balliol and his life with great enthusiasm. As a Jew, however, he was unacceptable to the companions of all souls, although he was clearly bright enough to be excl...