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This he was quite interested in, although, in the event, he was 26 Anglo-Greek Attitudes: Studies in History attracted to new pastures at the British (subsequently Royal) Institute of International Affairs or Chatham House. Although from then on he was to be immersed in the analysis of contemporary international relations and in the writing of A Study of History, Toynbee never lost his profound interest in Greek history throughout the ages and it is characteristic that his last book, The Greeks and their Heritages (Oxford, 1981), published posthumously, should have ranged effortlessly and penetratingly over the whole of Greece’s historical experience.
Its offices, conveniently for Burrows and Pember Reeves, were situated in the Aldwych, more or less midway between King’s College and the London School of Economics. From its inception, the League identified the cause of Greece with the cause of Eleftherios Venizelos, an identification that became even closer as the Greek prime minister’s unconditional attachment to the Entente Powers manifested itself on the outbreak of the First World War. Burrows once described the League as ‘a fighting Society of keen friends of Greece13 and it certainly adopted a high, and unashamedly political, profile throughout the period of the First World War.
During the The British School at Athens 31 critical winter of 1916–17 two rival governments came into existence in Greece and there was a great deal of anti-British feeling in royalist Athens. 32 At least four members of the School served in naval intelligence in Greek waters and a further dozen or so on the Salonica front. L. Myres, for instance, cut a dashing figure in his motorized caique. In cattle-raids on the Anatolian coast, so Compton Mackenzie tells us, ‘the Assyrian Myres came down like a wolf on the Turkish fold’.