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Crankshaw, Edward (1909–1984), writer and commentator on Soviet affairs  

Neal Ascherson

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Crankshaw, Edward (1909–1984), writer and commentator on Soviet affairs, was born on 3 January 1909 in London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Arthur Crankshaw, later chief clerk to Old Street magistrates' court, and of his wife, Amy Bishop. He was small in stature and suffered from a weak chest, and the family soon moved out to ...

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Hobsbawm, Eric John Ernest (1917–2012)  

Maker: Georg Eisler

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (1917–2012) by Georg Eisler, 1989 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hobsbawm, Eric John Ernest (1917–2012), historian  

Martin Jacques

Hobsbawm, Eric John Ernest (1917–2012), historian, was born on 9 June 1917 in Alexandria, Egypt, the elder child of Leopold Percy Hobsbawm, formerly Obstbaum, general merchant, and his wife, Nelly, née Grün. His grandfather was a Polish Jew and cabinet-maker who came to ...

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Judt, Tony Robert (1948–2010)  

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Tony Robert Judt (1948–2010) by John R. Rifkin, 2004 © John R. Rifkin

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Judt, Tony Robert (1948–2010), historian and political commentator  

Peter Kellner

Judt, Tony Robert (1948–2010), historian and political commentator, was born on 2 January 1948 at 153 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, the elder child of Isaac Joseph Judt, whose various occupations included hairdresser and sundriesman, and his wife, Stella Sophie, née Dudakoff. He had one sister, ...

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Long, Edward (1734–1813), planter and commentator on Jamaican affairs  

Kenneth Morgan

Long, Edward (1734–1813), planter and commentator on Jamaican affairs, was born on 23 August 1734 at Rosilion, St Blazey, Cornwall, the fourth son of Samuel Long (1700–1757) of Longville, Jamaica, Tredudwell, Cornwall, and Bloomsbury, London, and Mary (bap. 1701, d. 1765), second daughter and coheir of ...

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Storrs, Sir Ronald Henry Amherst (1881–1955), colonial governor and Middle Eastern specialist  

Ritchie Ovendale

Storrs, Sir Ronald Henry Amherst (1881–1955), colonial governor and Middle Eastern specialist, was born at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 19 November 1881, the eldest son of the Revd John Storrs (c.1825–1928), who at the time was vicar of St Peter's, Eaton Square, London...

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Storrs, Sir Ronald Henry Amherst (1881–1955)  

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Sir Ronald Henry Amherst Storrs (1881–1955) by John Singer Sargent, 1920 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Watson, Robert William Seton- (1879–1951)  

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Robert William Seton- Watson (1879–1951) by Vandyk photograph reproduced by courtesy of The British Academy

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Watson, Robert William Seton- (1879–1951), historian and political commentator  

Wickham Steed

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Watson, Robert William Seton- (1879–1951), historian and political commentator, was born in London on 20 August 1879, the only child of William Livingstone Watson (d. 1903), a well-to-do Scottish merchant in Calcutta and London and a small landowner in Scotland, and his wife, ...