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Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor in Gothenburg in 2015
Born Antony James Beevor
(1946-12-14) 14 December 1946
Occupation Author, historian
Language English
Nationality British
Alma mater Winchester College
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Subject Modern history
Notable awards Samuel Johnson Prize
Spouse Artemis Cooper
Children one son, one daughter
Relatives John Julius Norwich, father-in-law

Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is an English military historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the military historian John Keegan, and is a former officer with the 11th Hussars, who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.


  • Career and personal life 1
  • Reception of written works 2
  • Honours 3
  • Awards 4
  • Published works 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Career and personal life

Beevor is a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.[1]

He is descended from a long line of writers, being a son of "Kinta" Beevor (born Carinthia Jane Waterfield, 22 December 1911 – 29 August 1995), herself the daughter of Lina Waterfield, and a descendant of Lucie Duff-Gordon (author of a travelogue on Egypt). Kinta Beevor wrote A Tuscan Childhood. Antony Beevor is married to biographer Artemis Cooper; they have two children, Nella and Adam.[2]

Reception of written works

His best-known works, the best-selling Stalingrad and Berlin - The Downfall 1945, recount the World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany. They have been praised for their vivid, compelling style, their treatment of the ordinary lives of combatants and civilians and the use of newly disclosed documents from Soviet archives.[3][4][5]

His 2012 book The Second World War is noted for its focus on the conditions and grief faced by civilians and women and for its "masterful" coverage of the war in East Asia.[6][7] Beevor's expertise has been the subject of some commentary; his publications have been praised as revitalizing interest in World War II topics[8] and have allowed readers to reevaluate events such as D-Day from a new perspective.[9] He has also appeared as an expert in documentaries related to World War II.[10][11]

Overall, his works have been translated into over 30 languages with over 6 million copies sold.[12]

In 2015, Russia's government called for banning Beevor's books, accusing him of Nazi sympathies.[13][14][15]


Beevor is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[16][17] He was also awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Bath in 2010,[16][18] and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004.[17][19]

His book Crete: The Battle and the Resistance for which he won the Runciman Prize, administered by the Anglo-Hellenic League for stimulating interest in Greek history and culture.[20]

Beevor has been recognized with the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Tim O'Brien, the 2013 recipient, made the announcement on behalf of the selection committee.[2][21][22] The award carried a purse of $US 100,000.[23]

Beevor also sits on the Council of the Society of Authors.[24]


Published works

He has written thirteen books, novels and non-fiction.
Book Year Type Published Other
Violent Brink 1975 Novel First published by John Murray, London
The Faustian Pact 1983 Novel Jonathan Cape, London
For Reasons of State 1980 Novel Jonathan Cape, London
The Spanish Civil War 1982 Non-fiction First published Orbis, London ISBN 9780141001487
The Enchantment of Christina von Retzen 1989 Novel Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London
Inside the British Army 1990 Non-fiction Chatto and Windus, London
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance 1991 Non-fiction John Murray, London ISBN 9780140167870
Paris After the Liberation, 1944–1949 1994 Non-fiction Co-authored with his wife, Artemis Cooper. Revised edition 2004
Stalingrad 1998 Non-fiction Viking Press, London, later by Penguin, London Translated into 26 other languages. ISBN 9780670870950
Berlin: The Downfall 1945 2002 Non-fiction Penguin, London Published as The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US ISBN 9780670030415
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova 2004 Non-fiction (See Olga Chekhova) ISBN 9780670033409
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 2006 Non-fiction ISBN 9780143037651 Spanish edition published in 2005. ISBN 9780143037651
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy 2009 Non-fiction Penguin Books, London ISBN 9780670021192
The Second World War 2012 Non-fiction W&N ISBN 9780316023740
Ardennes 1944 2015 Non-fiction Viking ISBN 9780670918645

Antony Beevor has edited books, including:

  • A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941–1945 by Vasily Grossman. ISBN 9780375424076

He has also contributed to several other books, including:


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  14. ^ (5 August).The GuardianWalker, Shaun. 2015. Russian Region Bans British Historians' Books from Schools.
  15. ^ (6 August).The TimesSpiro, Zachary. 2015. Russia Bans Books on Nazi Defeat by British Historians.
  16. ^ a b Honorary Graduates. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  17. ^ a b Antony Beevor, on official webpage. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  18. ^ Honorary Graduates 1989 to present. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  19. ^ Antony Beevor. Penguin Books Ltd., 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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External links

  • Official website
  • Antony Beevor Stalingrad Berlin - The Downfall 1945
  • Antony Beevor discusses his book on the Spanish Civil War
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , 24 October 2004.The Mystery Of Olga Chekhova interview with Beevor on Booknotes
    • , 15 July 2012The Second World War interview with Beevor on Q&AC-SPAN
  • Interview on The Second World War at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on 21 June 2012
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