Robert William Seton-Watson

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Robert William Seton-Watson (August 20, 1879–July 25, 1951), commonly referred to as R.W. Seton-Watson, he also used the pseudonym Scotus Viator, was a British historian who also played an active role in encouraging the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during and after World War I.[1] In 1917-1918, Seton-Watson served on the Intelligence Bureau of the War Cabinet in the Enemy Propaganda Department where he was responsible for British propaganda to the Austrian and Hungarian peoples. [2] His son was Hugh Seton-Watson, who also became involved in propaganda in the 1970s with the Institute for the Study of Conflict.

Publications, References, External links, Notes


  • Racial Problems in Hungary (1908)
  • The Southern Slav Question (1911)
  • Sarajevo : A Study In The Origin Of The Great War (1926)
  • A History Of The Roumanians (1934)
  • Disrali, Gladstone And The Eastern Question (1935)
  • Britain In Europe (1789-1914): A Survey Of Foreign Policy (1937)
  • Britain And The Dictators: A Survey Of Post-War British Policy (1938)
  • From Munich to Danzig (1939)
  • Masaryk In England (1943)
  • A History Of The Czechs And Slovaks (1943)


  • Calcott, W. R. "The Last War Aim: British Opinion and the Decision for Czechoslovak Independence, 1914-1919." The Historical Journal, Vol. 27, No. 4. (Dec., 1984), 979-989.
  • Evans, R., Kováč, D., Ivaničová, E. "Great Britain and Central Europe 1867-1914", Veda - Publishing House of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1992.
  • May, Arthur J. "R. W. Seton-Watson and British Anti-Hapsburg Sentiment". American Slavic and East European Review, Vol. 20, No. 1. (Feb., 1961), 40-54.
----. "Seton-Watson and the Treaty of London." The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 29, No. 1. (Mar., 1957), 42-47.
  • (ed.) Rychlík et al.: "R. W. Seton-Watson and his Relations with the Czechs and Slovaks. R. W. Seton-Watson a jeho vztahy k Čechům a Slovákům. R. W. Seton-Watson a jeho vzťahy k Čechom a Slovákom. Documents. Dokumenty. 1906-1951", 2 vols., 1995-1996.
  • Torrey, Glenn. Review of R. W. Seton-Watson and the Romanians, 1906-1920[2], by Cornella Bodea and Hugh Seton-Watson, The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 5. (Dec., 1990), 1581.

External links

  • Scotus Viator (pseudonym), Racial Problems in Hungary, London: Archibald and Constable (1908), reproduced in its entirety on line.


  1. See, for example, Glenn Torrey, review of R. W. Seton-Watson and the Romanians, 1906-1920, by Cornella Bodea and Hugh Seton-Watson, The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 5. (Dec., 1990), 1581.[1]
  2. SSEES