Professor Arnold J. Toynbee, prominent British historian and diplomat, will address the opening meeting of the Harvard History Club on Saturday, October 24, at 8 o'clock in the Conant Hall Common Room.
Professor Toynbee, whose field in the University of London is International History, and who is Director of Studies in the British Institute of International Affairs, will talk on "The Growth of Frontiers." Professor Toynbee is considered the outstanding authority on the political problems of the East and Near East. He has recently been giving a series of lectures on "The Influence of the West on the Peoples of the Ottoman Empire" at the Lowell Institute in Boston.
Scholar of Balliol College
Professor Toynbee received his early education at Winchester. He was both scholar and fellow at the University of Oxford, where his college was Balliol.
During the war, from 1915 to 1918, he did important work for the British Government, and in 1918, was appointed to the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office. His great knowledge of political history and present condition of the Balkans, caused him to be included in the British delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference in 1918, where he served as a member of the Middle Eastern Section.
Since 1919, Mr. Toynbee has been Koraes Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature at the University of London.
Professor Toynbee has published articles on international politics in many European and American magazines, particularly in "The Nation." Of the score of books on the history of the Near East that he has written, the most widely read are "Nationality and the War," "The New Europe," "Greek Civilization and Character," and "Greek Historical Thought."
The History Club plans to meet monthly during the year. Its membership is open to students of history in the University. The dues are nominal and the meetings are usually attended largely by professors, tutors, and students of the University.