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P. Taylor did so in his famous textbook, English History 1914-1945, written many years ago. One is spoilt for choice in writing about the giants of the inter-war Higher Civil Service, and in selecting Hankey, Fisher and Wilson for special attention one does so on the basis that they were at the top of the British machinery of central administration for either all or almost all of the inter-war years. Sir Maurice Hankey: Secretary of the Cabinet Of Sir Maurice Hankey (1877-1963), Stephen Roskill wrote from personal experience that a major problem faced by Hankey's biographer was 'the sheer quantity of material left behind by him.
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Hankey kept a diary comprising 'four large leather bound volumes, fitted with strong locks'. He began to keep it in 1915 and 'up to 1923 he kept it with regularity'. On the suggestion of Ramsay MacDonald, when he first became Prime Minister in 1924, Hankey resumed keeping a diary, and the last entry was dated 31 August 1942 (Roskill, 1970, p. 24). In addition, once Hankey's eldest son entered the Foreign Service in 1927, he began to write him long letters about current affairs and his own work.
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