Hugh Thomas


Born
in Windsor, The United Kingdom
October 21, 1931

Died
May 06, 2017

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Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, was a British historian and Hispanist.

Thomas was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before taking a BA in 1953 at Queens' College, Cambridge. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. His 1961 book The Spanish Civil War won the Somerset Maugham Award for 1962. A significantly revised and enlarged third edition was published in 1977. Cuba, or the Pursuit of Freedom (1971) is a book of over 1,500 pages tracing the history of Cuba from Spanish colonial rule until the Cuban Revolution. Thomas spent 10 years researching the contents of his book.

Thomas was married to the former Vanessa Jebb, daughter of
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The Spanish Civil War

4.11 avg rating — 805 ratings — published 1961 — 32 editions
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Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes...

4.27 avg rating — 622 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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The Slave Trade: The Story ...

3.94 avg rating — 336 ratings — published 1997 — 10 editions
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Rivers of Gold: The Rise of...

3.68 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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The Golden Empire: Spain, C...

3.41 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2010 — 13 editions
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Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom

4.07 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1971 — 8 editions
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World Without End: Spain, P...

3.51 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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Yo, Moctezuma, Emperador de...

3.92 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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An Unfinished History of th...

3.67 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1982 — 5 editions
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Cuba: A History

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“The experience of the Mayas is one more reminder that any interpretation of human evolution based on the idea of unilineal progress forwards (or upwards) is an illusion. Peoples decline as well as rise.”
Hugh Thomas, Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

“Yet to read into the past the morality of our time (or the lack of it) may not make the historian’s task any easier.”
Hugh Thomas, Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

“The philosophy of the discoveries, the emigration, and the colonisation was Christianity.”
Hugh Thomas, Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

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