Radical diplomat : the life of Archibald Clark Kerr, Lord Inverchapel, 1882-1951 /
Donald Gillies.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
x, 256 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-244) and index.
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Donald Gillies is an historian and freelance author
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06-01:
In this first biography of Archibald Clark Kerr (later Lord Inverchapel), a career diplomat who served in key positions during WW II, Gillies shows that Kerr was no reticent Scot. Rather, Kerr was a complex individual who was not averse to bribery if the locale was appropriate and who was earthy in his conversation and unconventional in his private affairs. Gillies makes effective use of Kerr's private papers (especially his diaries) to tell a good story, one punctuated by Kerr's dabbling with the Kaiser's sister when posted to Berlin and his marriage, divorce, and subsequent remarriage to a Chilean beauty nearly 30 years his junior. But to prove that Kerr was influential is another matter, and here the author is rather less successful. His account is very much one as seen through Kerr's eyes, and although that perspective yields wonderful details about Kerr's tenure as ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1942 to 1946 (and his efforts to maintain a harmonious working relationship between Churchill and Stalin), it does not do enough to help readers see how Kerr fit into the larger picture. Accordingly, although this is a readable and engaging book, it is not essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. Coetzee George Washington University
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Lord Inverchapel was a key figure in British foreign policy and diplomacy during Great Britain's twilight as a great power. His early diplomatic service postings included Berlin, Washington, and the Middle East, most notably as ambassador to Iraq. He served in China and the Soviet Union during the Second World War and as ambassador to the US after the war. He played a significant role in the founding of NATO and the implementation of the Marshall Plan. This study is based on a close examination of the huge Inverchapel archive, including a vast collection of his private papers.
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Lord Inverchapel was a key figure in British foreign policy and diplomacy during Britain's twilight as a great power. This book covers his career and sheds light on his roots, his friendship with the Queen Mother, and his relationship with Stalin.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction--From a Far Countryp. ix
Mapsp. xi
Genealogyp. xiv
Shore 1882-1900p. 1
Upland 1900-15p. 8
Foothills 1915-22p. 20
Outcrop 1922-25p. 30
Corrie 1925-37p. 68
Ridge 1938-42p. 85
Mountain Top 1942-46p. 120
Pinnacle 1946-48p. 181
Cairn 1948-51p. 219
Notes on the Textp. 229
Indexp. 245
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