George Walter Prothero

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Sir George Walter Prothero , KBE (born October 14, 1848 in Wiltshire , † July 10, 1922 ) was a British historian .


Prothero attended Eton College and from 1868 studied Classical Languages at Cambridge University (King's College) and in 1872 became a Fellow of King's College. He then spent two years at the University of Bonn and at Eton College before returning to Cambridge in 1874. From 1876 he was lecturer in history there. In 1894 he became the first professor of modern history at the University of Edinburgh , which he stayed until 1899 when he moved to London to replace his brother Rowland Prothero (Lord Ernle) with the Quarterly Review . During the First World War he was historical advisor to the Foreign Ministry and took part in the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 . He was editor of the Handbooks prepared under the direction of the Historical Section of the Foreign Office . In 1903 he was elected to the British Academy and in 1919 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .

With Adolphus William Ward and Stanley Mordaunt Leathes , he published The Cambridge Modern History from 1901 to 1912 . He was also the editor of the Cambridge Modern History Series. Prothero was President of the Royal Historical Society .

He was KBE (1920).

Fonts (selection)

  • The life of Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester. With special reference to the parliamentary history of his time. Longmans, Green, and Co., London 1877, ( digitized version ).
  • A Memoir of Henry Bradshaw Fellow of King's college, Cambridge, and university librarian. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., London 1888, ( digitized version ).
  • Select Statutes and other Constitutional Documents Illustrative of the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1894, ( digitized ; 4th edition, ibid. 1913).
  • German policy before the war. Murray, London 1916, ( digitized version ).
  • as editor: Arabia (= Handbooks prepared under the direction of the Historical Section of the Foreign Office. 61). HM Stationery Office, London 1920, ( digitized version ).


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Deceased Fellows. British Academy, accessed July 21, 2020 .
  2. Book of Members 1780 – present, Chapter P. (PDF; 649 kB) In: American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( Retrieved July 21, 2020 (English).