Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), British

Henry Noel Brailsford (25 December 1873 – 23 March 1958) was the most prolific British left-wing journalist of the first half of the 20th century. A founding member of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage in 1907, he resigned from his job at The Daily News in 1909 when it supported the force-feeding of suffragettes on hunger strike. He was the son of a Methodist preacher, he was born in Yorkshire and educated in Scotland, at the High School of Dundee.

Brailsford abandoned an academic career to become a journalist, rising to prominence in the 1890s as a foreign correspondent for The Manchester Guardian, specializing in the Balkans, France and Egypt. In 1899 he moved to London, working for the Morning Leader and then The Daily News. He led a British relief mission to Macedonia in 1903, publishing a book, Macedonia: Its Races and Their Future, on his return. In 1905 he was convicted of conspiring to obtain a British passport in the name of one person for another person to travel to Russia.

In 1913–14 Brailsford was a member of the international commission sent by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to investigate the conduct of the Balkan Wars of 1912–13. He co-authored its report. Brailsford was an outspoken critic of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. His books in the 1930s include the anti-colonialist classic Rebel India (1931) and the anti-militarist Property or Peace? (1934). In the late 1930s, he was one of the few writers associated with the Left Book Club, the New Statesman and Tribune who was consistently critical of the Soviet show trials. Following the Soviet invasion of Finland, Brailsford published a hostile essay about Stalin in Reynold’s News. Full biography of Brailsford can be found on:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._N._Brailsford

On behalf of British Relief Fund, Brailsford and his wife Jane, spend the 5 months of winter 1903/4 in Monastir (Bitola) and Ochrida (Ohrid) where he met Miss Mary Edith Durham. He studied the ethnicities, the cultures, the history and the political situation in Macedonia after the failed uprising in Krushevo. Upon return in 1905, he published the book Macedonia: Its Races and Their Future. He also made the photographs for the book. (some photographs were made by Bertram Christian, Mr. Henry W. Nevinson and major Salman) The book is available for reading at the following link:

https://archive.org/details/macedoniaitsrac00braigoog/page/n8/mode/2up

Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Monastery St. Naum, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Monastery St. Naum, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Main street in Ohrid, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Main street in Ohrid, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Monastery near Ohrid, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Monastery near Ohrid, 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), poor villagers of the Plains, (near Ohrid) 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), poor villagers of the Plains, (near Ohrid) 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), destroyed village of Zagorichani after Ilinden uprising 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), destroyed village of Zagorichani after Ilinden uprising 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), peasants weaving near Ohrid 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), peasants weaving near Ohrid 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), poor villagers in Ohrid 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), poor villagers in Ohrid 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Rich villagers in Skopje 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Rich villagers in Skopje 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Brusnik near Monastir, prosperous village 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), Brusnik near Monastir, prosperous village 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), St. Sophia, Ohrid 1904, photography
Henry Noel Brailsford (1873 –1958), St. Sophia, Ohrid 1904, photography

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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