Harold William Vazeille Temperley

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Temperley, Harold William Vazeille


Born Apr. 20, 1879, in Cambridge; died there July 11, 1939. British historian and political figure.

Temperley taught at Cambridge University from 1906, except for the years 1914–21, and was appointed a professor there in 1931. He served in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in 1914–15; from 1915 to 1918 he headed the political subdivision of the General Staff and was a military attaché to the Serbian Army in Thessaloniki in 1918. He was a member of the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and 1920.

Temperley edited many publications dealing with the history of British foreign policy and international relations, including the series British Documents on the Origins of the War, 1898–1914 (parts 1–11, 1926–38; with G. Gooch). His own works dealt primarily with the history of foreign policy, in which Temperley made extensive use of materials in European archives. A historian of the traditional school, Temperley completely equated foreign policy with diplomacy, ignoring socioeconomic issues.


Life of Canning. London, 1905.
A History of Serbia. London, 1917.
The Foreign Policy of Canning, 1822–1927. London, 1925.
England and the Near East. London, 1936.
Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, 1789–1914. London, 1940. (With A. J. Grant.)
Foundations of British Foreign Policy From Pitt, 1792, to Salisbury, 1902. London, 1938. (With L. M. Penson.)


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