C. L. Mowat

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Charles Loch Mowat (4 October 1911 – 23 June 1970) was a British-born American historian.[1]


Mowat was educated at Marlborough College and St John's, Oxford.[2] In 1934 he emigrated to the United States, where he became an American citizen.[2] From 1934 until 1936 he taught at the University of Minnesota. In 1936 he took up a position at the University of California, Los Angeles.[3] His opposition to McCarthyism led to him leaving UCLA and taking a post at the University of Chicago in 1950.[2] In 1958 he returned to Britain to be professor of history at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, a post he held until 1958.[2]

His best known book is Britain Between the Wars, which became the standard text on the nation's interwar period.[2] A. J. P. Taylor wrote the volume in the Oxford History of England covering 1914–1945. After he was asked how he found out what basically happened in the period, Taylor answered: "I looked it up in Mowat".[4]


  • East Florida as a British Province, 1763-84 (1943).
  • Britain Between the Wars, 1918–1940 (1955). online free to borrow
  • The Charity Organisation Society, 1869–1913 (1961).
  • The Golden Valley Railway (1964).


  1. ^ The Times (29 June 1970), p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c d e John Ramsden (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century British Politics (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 446.
  3. ^ 'Obituary: Charles Loch Mowat', The Florida Historical Quarterly Vol. 49, No. 3 (Jan., 1971), p. 330.
  4. ^ Boyd Hilton, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England, 1783-1846 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006), p. 671.