G.M. Trevelyan

Trevelyan, George Macaulay

George Macaulay Trevelyan, 1876–1962, English historian; son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan. Educated at Cambridge, he became professor of modern history there in 1927 and was master of Trinity College from 1940 to 1951. He was a master of the so-called literary school of historical writing, and his reaction against "scientific" history has had tremendous influence. He did not, however, ignore the scientific aspects of historical scholarship; rather he asserted that the historian must elucidate his subject through imaginative speculation, based on all possible evidence, and present it by means of highly developed literary craftsmanship. His most ambitious works are an extended study of Garibaldi (3 vol., 1907–11) and a history of England under Queen Anne (3 vol., 1930–34). He is perhaps better known for his one-volume History of England (1926), his British History in the Nineteenth Century (1922), and England under the Stuarts (1907). Other works include biographies of John Bright (1913), Lord Charles Grey (1920), his father, Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1932), and Lord Grey of Fallodon (1937); The English Revolution, 1688–1689 (1938); English Social History (1942; pub. in an illustrated version in 4 vol., 1949–52); and An Autobiography and Other Essays (1949).

See biography by D. Cannadine (1991); study by J. H. Plumb (1955, repr. 1969).

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G.M. Trevelyan: Selected full-text books and articles

G. M. Trevelyan By J. H. Plumb Longmans, Green & Co., 1951
From Belloc to Churchill: Private Scholars, Public Culture, and the Crisis of British Liberalism, 1900-1939 By Victor Feske University of North Carolina Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "George Macaulay Trevelyan: The Insider as Outsider"
An Autobiography & Other Essays By G. M. Trevelyan Longmans, Green, 1949
A Layman's Love of Letters By G. M. Trevelyan Longmans Green, 1954
Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848 By George Macaulay Trevelyan Longmans, Green and Co., 1923
FREE! Garibaldi and the Making of Italy By George Macaulay Trevelyan Longmans, Green, 1911
British History in the Nineteenth Century (1782-1901) By George Macaulay Trevelyan Longmans, Green, 1922
Grey of Fallodon By George Macaulay Trevelyan Houghton Mifflin Company, 1937
Ideas and Beliefs of the Victorians: An Historic Revaluation of the Victorian Age By British Broadcasting Corporation Sylvan Press, 1949
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Introducing the Ideas and Beliefs of the Victorians" and "Macaulay and the Sense of Optimism"
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