Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper

Historian, Author

1914 – 2003

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Who was Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper?

Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, was an English historian of early modern Britain and Nazi Germany and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. He was made a life peer in 1979 on the advice of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, choosing the title Baron Dacre of Glanton.

Trevor-Roper was known for his lively intellectual controversies with fellow historians. His most commercially successful book emerged from his assignment as a British intelligence officer in 1945 to discover what happened in the last days of Hitler's bunker. From his interviews with a range of witnesses and study of surviving documents he demonstrated, to the satisfaction of most analysts, that Hitler was dead and had not escaped from Berlin. His book The Last Days of Hitler was a popular and critical success. However, his reputation was damaged in 1983 when after a brief examination he authenticated the Hitler Diaries on behalf of The Sunday Times newspaper, and they were subsequently shown to be forgeries.

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Born
Jan 15, 1914
Glanton
Also known as
  • Hugh Trevor-Roper
  • Mercurius Oxoniensis
  • Hugh Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton
  • H. R. Trevor-Roper
Spouses
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Christ Church, Oxford
  • Charterhouse School
  • Belhaven Hill School
Employment
  • Christ Church, Oxford
  • Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
    (1957 - 1980)
Died
Jan 26, 2003
Didcot

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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