We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
New Zealand journalist and foreign editor of The Times
1876 – 1928
Harold Williams was a New Zealand journalist and foreign editor of The Times. He is considered to be one of the most accomplished polyglots in history. Williams was able to speak approximately 58 languages as well as other related dialects. He was also an authority on Russian affairs, having travelled to every part of the country studying the people, culture and language. During the First World War, Williams helped to establish a British Propaganda Office in Petrograd and used his knowledge of Russia to form a bond with the Russian press.
Language forms a part of everything we do, even when there are no words. It is the means by which we think about, understand and share in the world. A Little Book of Language, taking in much, much more than the history of language, whisks us from a bab …