Fun Facts Friday: Arnold Toynbee

April 14, 2017

Arnold Toynbee (14 April, 1889 – 22 October, 1975) was a British historian and author. For a few decades (1918 – 1950) was considered a leading specialist on international affairs.

Books by Arnold Toynbee*

1)      Mr. Toynbee’s was born in London.

2)      Both Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford) gave him scholarships.

3)      While studying at the British School at Athens, Mr. Toynbee had experiences which started his interest about the decline of civilizations.

4)      Jocelyn Toynbee, the author’s sister, was an art historian and archaeologist.

5)      Famous economist Arnold Toynbee was a relative of the author.

6)      During World War I, Mr. Toynbee worked for the Political Intelligence Department and the British Foreign Office and was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

7)      From 1921 to 1922 Mr. Toynbee was a correspondent to the Manchester Guardian on the Greco-Turkish War, an experience which resulted in the publication of The Western Question in Greece and Turkey.

8)      Mr. Toynbee is best known for A Study of History, published in 12 volumes between 1934 and 1961.

9)      According to Michael Lang “Toynbee was perhaps the world’s most read, translated, and discussed living scholar.”

10)   In 1936, while visiting Berlin to address the Nazi Law Society, Mr. Toynbee was invited to a private interview with Hitler. Hitler expressed a desire for British understanding and cooperation at his idea of limited expansion of Greater Germany. Mr. Toynbee believed him and endorsed Hitler’s message in a confidential memorandum.

Books by Arnold Toynbee*

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