Charles Saroléa

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Charles Sarolea (25 October 1870 in Tongeren – 11 March 1953 in Edinburgh) was a Belgian academic and versatile publicist.


He was for a long period Professor of French at the University of Edinburgh. He wrote books on a wide range of topics on international affairs. He also edited from 1912 to 1917 Everyman, a literary magazine favourable to the doctrine of distributism.

In 1915, he was sent by the Belgian government to the USA in order to support the veracity of atrocity stories in circulation about the German occupation of Belgium. The mission was not a success, in that Sarolea unwisely and publicly attacked the neutrality that the US was observing at the time with respect to World War I.[1] Recent academic interest has been on his political views.


  • Henrik Ibsen (1891)
  • Essais de philosophie et de literature (1898)
  • Les belges au Congo (1899)
  • A Short History of the Anti-Congo Campaign (1905)
  • The French Revolution and the Russian Revolution (1906)
  • Newman's Theology (1908)
  • The Anglo-German Problem (1912)
  • Count L.N. Tolstoy. His life and work (1912)
  • How Belgium Saved Europe (1915)
  • The Curse of the Hohenzollern (1915)
  • The Murder of Nurse Cavell (1915)
  • The French Renascence (1916)
  • Europe's Debt to Russia (1916)
  • Great Russia Her Achievement and Promise (1916)
  • German problems and personalities (1917)
  • The Russian revolution and the war (1917)
  • The Maid of Orleans: The Story of Joan of Arc Told to American Soldiers (1918)
  • Europe and the League of Nations (1919)
  • Versailles und der Völkerbund (1920)
  • Letters on Polish Affairs (1922)
  • Impressions of Soviet Russia (1924)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson and France (1924)
  • The Policy of Sanctions and the Failure of the League of Nations (1936)
  • Daylight on Spain: The Answer to the Duchess of Atholl (1937)


His daughter, Marie Antoinette, married the cartographer John Bartholomew.[2]



  • Samantha T. Johnson, Holy war in Europe: Charles Sarolea, Everyman and the First World War, 1914-17 in War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003 editors Mark Connelly, David Welch
  • Sam Johnson,'Playing the Pharisee'? Charles Sarolea, Czechoslovakia and the road to Munich, 1915-1939, Slavonic and East European review 2004, vol. 82, no.2, pp. 292–314

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