Papers of William James Millar Mackenzie, b.1909, Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The Special Operations Executive: Britain and the resistance movements in Europe (History of the Second World War), by W J M Mackenzie 1948

Administrative / Biographical History

William James Millar Mackenzie was born in  1909  and was educated first at Edinburgh Academy and then at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he graduated MA. He was the Ireland Scholar in  1929  and became a graduate of Law from the University of Edinburgh. He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from  1933-1948 . During the Second World War (1939-1944 ), he was a Temporary Civil Servant in the Air Ministry. He was the Official War Historian for the SOE from  1945-1948  and was Faculty Fellow at Nuffield College in  1948 . That year he was also Lecturer in Politics at the University of Oxford. He was Special Commissioner for Constitutional Development in Tanganyika in 1952. From  1949-1966  he held the post of Professor of Government at Manchester University as he did from  1966-1974 . During his career he was a member of the following committees and boards: Manchester City Education Committee from  1953-1964 ; British Wool Marketing Board,  1954-1966 ; Constitutional Adviser, Kenya,  1959 ; Vice-Chairman, Bridges Committee on Training in Public Administration for Overseas Countries,  1962 ; Maud Committee on Management in Local Government,  1964-1966 ; North-West Regional Economic Planning Council,  1965-1966  and Children's Panel Advisory Committee, Glasgow City,  1973-1975 . He was created an Honorary Doctor of Literature from the University of Warwick in  1972 . His publications include: (in part) British Government since 1918, 1950; (jtly) Five Elections in Africa, (1959); Politics and Social Science (1967); and Explorations in Government, (1975).


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Declassified, sanitised copy. Crown copyright.


Acquisition Information

Donated by Cabinet Office, Historical and Records Section, via Mrs Pamela Mackenzie, 09 July 1997

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Details of descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue accessible from the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections, searching by the call number MS Gen 1688.

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Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 01 June 2005

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