Papers of Sir Denis William Brogan, 1900-1974, Professor of Political Science, University of Cambridge

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Albums of travel photographs 1871-1900

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Denis William Brogan (1900-1974 ) was a British Historian and Political Scientist. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was educated at Rutherglen Academy, the  University of Glasgow, where he obtained his Master of Arts degree in  1923 , and Balliol College, Oxford. He went on to study for a year at Harvard on a Rockefeller research fellowship. He held the position of professor of Political Science at Cambridge from  1939-1968 . He also worked at University College, London, London School of Economics, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. During World War Two, Brogan worked for the Foreign Research and Press Service, the American Division of the Ministry of Information, Political Warfare Executive and the overseas services of the BBC. Brogan is best known as an interpreter of American History and politics for British readers. He was knighted in  1963 . In addition to many honorary doctorates from France and the United States, he was offered an honorary LLD from the University of Glasgow (1946 ) and honorary DLitt from the University of Oxford (1969 ). He was an honorary fellow of Peterhouse and Corpus Christi Colleges at the University of Oxford and became a fellow of the British Academy in  1955 . His works include: The American Political System (1933 ), An Introduction to American Politics (1954 ), and The American Problem (1946 ).

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography, 1971-1980ed. 1986.


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Donated by Rae, Helensburgh, after 1960

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Compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, July 2004. Fonds level description compiled by Danielle West, Archive volunteer, June 2004.

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