Beevor in Oslo in May 2009
|Born||Antony James Beevor
14 December 1946
|Alma mater||Winchester College
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
|Notable award(s)||Samuel Johnson Prize|
|Children||one son, one daughter|
|Relative(s)||John Julius Norwich, father-in-law|
Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is an English historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous military historian John Keegan. Beevor 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
He is descended from a long line of women 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 Artemis Cooper, and have two children.
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. 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. Beevor's expertise has been the subject of some commentary; his publications have been praised as revitalizing interest in World War II topics and have allowed readers to reevaluate events such as D-Day from a new perspective. He has also appeared as an expert in documentaries related to World War II.
His use of statistical methods however has been criticized, specifically his estimate that 2,000,000 German woman were raped during World War II. Nicky Bird criticized Beevor's book stating, "Statistics proliferate, and are unverifiable. Beevor tends to accept estimates from a single doctor — how can we possibly know that 90 percent of Berlin women were infected by VD, that 90 percent of rape victims had abortions, that 8.7 percent of children born in 1946 had Russian fathers?" Yelena Senyavskaya also criticized Beevor for using and popularizing the statistic that 2 million German women were raped by the Soviet Army. She argued that the calculation used to derive the statistic was based on the number of newborns in 1945 and 1946 whose fathers are listed as Russian in one Berlin clinic, then assuming that all of these births were the result of rape and then multiplying this effect across the entire female population (ages 8 to 80) in the eastern part of Germany.
Beevor is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was also awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Bath in 2010, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004.
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. The award carried a purse of $US 100,000.
- Crete: The Battle and the Resistance
- Berlin:The Downfall 1945
- The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (Spanish Edition)
- La Vanguardia Prize for Non-Fiction
|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|
Antony Beevor has edited books, including:
He has also contributed to several other books, including:
- The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, ed by Hew Strachan
- What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, by Robert Cowley (Editor), Antony Beevor and Caleb Carr. (2003)
- "Biography". antonybeevor.com. Retrieved October 2013.
- "Antony Beevor: 2014 Pritzker Literature Award Winner | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago". Pritzkermilitary.org. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "Entombed in their own bunkers". London: Telegraph. 25 April 1998. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007.
- Judd, Alan (28 April 2002). "Every sort of assault: review of Berlin: the Downfall, 1945 by Antony Beevor". London: Telegraph. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- Bernstein, Richard (26 September 1998). "An Avalanche of Death That Redirected a War". The New York Times (New York, NY, USA). p. E-8. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- "The Second World War". Kirkus Review. Kirkus. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Toye, Richard (7 September 2012). "Many Wars in One". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Temple, Peter (21 July 2012). "Beevor unleashes a blitzkrieg". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "In praise of ... Antony Beevor". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Ltd.). 31 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Summers, Chris. "Red Army rapists exposed". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "When TV Goes to War". BBC Four. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Bird, Nicky (October 2002). "Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Antony Beevor". International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs) 78 (4): 914–916.
- Senyavskaya, Yelena, "Красная Армия в Европе в 1945 году в контексте информационной войны" [The Red Army in Europe in 1945 in the Context of Information War], histrf.ru (Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation), retrieved 1 June 2014
- Honorary Graduates. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor, on official webpage. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Honorary Graduates 1989 to present. University of Bath, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor. Penguin Books Ltd., 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Antony Beevor (2014-04-24). "Antony Beevor - Penguin Books USA". Penguin.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "Pritzker Military Museum & Library Announces 2014 Literature Award Winner - BWWBooksWorld". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "British military historian wins $100,000 prize". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Carpenter, Caroline (2014-06-26). "Beevor wins $100,000 Pritzker Military Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Antony Beevor.|
- Official website
- Antony Beevor Stalingrad Berlin - The Downfall 1945
- Antony Beevor discusses his book on the Spanish Civil War
- Booknotes interview with Beevor on The Mystery Of Olga Chekhova, 24 October 2004.
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Beevor on The Second World War, July 15, 2012
- Interview on The Second World War at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on June 21, 2012