Sir Antony Beevor
The battle of Arnhem
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The great British historian Antony Beevor (1946) has been writing about the Second World War for decades. He has written bestsellers such as D-Day (2009) and Stalingrad (1998). Beevor is praised for his eye for detail and his masterful story-telling. On the first day of the ILFU, Beevor will be presenting his latest book, De slag om Arnhem [Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944] (Ambo Anthos, 2018). A familiar tale, based on new source material.
During the afternoon, Ad van Liempt will be talking to Antony Beevor about the historical meaning of the Battle of Arnhem, about Market Garden –the ground and airborne operation–but also about historiography in the year 2018.
In De slag om Arnhem, Beevor provides a complete picture of the battlefield around Arnhem, with great attention to military and political decisions. One of the war’s biggest airborne landings, a heroic battle that lasted nine days, a catastrophic miscalculation by the Brits and Adolf Hitler’s final triumph. Making use of new archive material, he sketches the fates of soldiers and citizens and frees the battle of its myths. Antony Beevor presents a new standard work about the Battle of Arnhem: an exhaustive historiography with all the military details and attention to human stories.
Antony Beevor has received the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Spanish La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction. He is one of the most popular, but also productive historians in Britain. His books have been translated into many languages. Last January, the military historian was in the news again due to the ban on the Russian translation of Stalingrad in Ukraine and parts of Russia.