Namier emigrated to the United Kingdom in ,  studied at Balliol College , Oxford , from ,  and became a British subject in , whereupon he anglicised his name.
He then held positions with the Propaganda Department —17 , the Department of Information —18 and finally with the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office — Based on his personal background, Namier maintained a firm personal interest in Russian affairs; however, he was also seen as one of the biggest enemies of the newly independent Polish state in the British political environment.
During the Polish—Soviet War his relationship with the Polish delegation was highly antagonistic and his attitude towards Poland and Polish territories openly hostile. In one of his memoranda Namier falsified the results of a national census from Eastern Galicia originating from Austria-Hungary. He single-handedly reduced the number of ethnic Poles living in the region from 2 million down to — inhabitants. Professor Anna M. Cienciala believes that Namier was not the original initiator of this misrepresentation, but merely an unscrupulous supplier of handy arguments for the anti-Polish lobby among the Entente members.
After leaving government service, Namier taught at Balliol —21 before going into business for himself. Later Namier, who was a long-time Zionist , worked as political secretary for the Jewish Agency in Palestine — For a time he was a close friend and associate of Chaim Weizmann , but Weizmann later severed relations with Namier when the latter converted to Anglicanism to marry his second wife. Namier served as professor at the University of Manchester from until his retirement in , having been loudly cheered by his students at the conclusion of his last lecture there on European History.
Namier remained active in various Zionist groups in particular, lobbying the British government to allow the creation of what he called a Jewish Fighting Force in the Mandate of Palestine and from was engaged in efforts on behalf of Jewish refugees from Germany. He was married twice and knighted in at the onset of Cold War. Also in , Namier was given the honour of delivering the Romanes Lecture , on which subject Namier chose Monarchy and the Party System.
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