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Antonius, George Habib (1891–1942), colonial official, historian, and political activist, was born on 19 October 1891 in Dair al-Qamar, a small town in the Lebanese mountains, the third of five sons of Habib Antonius (d. 1931), a merchant, and his wife, Émilie Hobeika (...

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Arnot, Robert Page [Robin] (1890–1986), political activist and historian, was born at 8 South Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 15 December 1890, the son of John Arnot, a newspaper sub-editor who had begun work as a child in an iron foundry but became editor of the ...

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Louise Hume Creighton (1850–1936) by Glyn Philpot, 1918 © Estate of Glyn Philpot

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Creighton [née von Glehn], Louise Hume (1850–1936), social activist and writer of popular history and biography, was born on 7 July 1850 at Peak Hill Lodge, Sydenham, on the outskirts of London, tenth child of Robert William von Glehn (1801–1885) and Agnes Duncan (...

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Hay, Edward (c. 1761–1826), historian and political activist, was born at Ballinkeele, co. Wexford, Ireland, the eldest son of Harvey Hay (d. 1796), landowner, and Catherine Fergus, who were Roman Catholics. He studied in France and Germany before returning to Ireland, where he took part in the public movements for effecting a relaxation of the penal laws against Catholics. In 1791 he was elected by the ...

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Rodney, Walter Anthony (1942–1980), political activist and historian, was born on 23 March 1942 in Bent Street, Georgetown, British Guiana, the second son and second of six children of (Edward) Percival Rodney (d. 1979), tailor, and his wife, Pauline (d. 1989)...

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Thompson [née Towers], Dorothy Katharine Gane (1923–2011), historian and political activist, was born at 258 New Cross Road, Deptford, London, on 30 October 1923, the only daughter and second of five children of Reginald Joseph Towers (1892–1966) and his wife, Katharine Annie, ...

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Edward Palmer Thompson (1924–1993) by Steve Pyke, 1989 © Steve Pyke; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thompson, Edward Palmer (1924–1993), historian, writer, and political activist, was born at Boars Hill, Oxford, on 3 February 1924, the second son of Edward John Thompson (1886–1946), teacher and writer, and his wife, Theodosia Jessup (1892–1970).