Skip to main content

Folly, Martin H(arold) 1957-

FOLLY, Martin H(arold) 1957-


Born February 6, 1957, in Hackney, London, England; son of Alan (a publisher) and Marjorie (a secretary and homemaker; maiden name, Wood) Folly. Ethnicity: "English." Education: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, B.A. (with honors), 1978; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, Ph.D., 1997. Politics: Labour. Religion: Church of England. Hobbies and other interests: Amateur drama (acting and directing), cricket.


Home—1 Tash Pl., New Southgate, London N11 1PA, England. Office—Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1EH, England. E-mail—[email protected].


Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England, senior tutor for American studies, 1989—.


British Association for American Studies, British International Studies Association, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


People in History (juvenile), Mitchell Beazley (London, England), 1988.

Churchill, Whitehall, and the Soviet Union, 1940-45, Macmillan Publishers (London, England), 2000.

Contributor to periodicals, including Review of International Studies, Diplomatic History, Journal of American Studies, and Diplomacy and Statecraft. Coeditor of the Internet journal Entertext.


The United States in World War II, for Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh, Scotland); research on Anglo-American Soviet relations in World War II.


Martin H. Folly told CA: "I always loved history. As a ten-year-old I spent a lot of time reading up on the history of the London underground, so it was perhaps natural that I wound up as a historian. But I was also lucky to have schoolteachers who made history interesting and who were very encouraging about my juvenile writing.

"I was always drawn to World War II as a subject. Prime influences on that would be the classic World at War television series and all those Airfix models of my youth. Combine that with a longstanding interest in the Soviet Union and you get the inspiration for my studies. As I researched on Anglo-Soviet relations during the war, I became dissatisfied with the way our knowledge of what happened next causes us to view wartime events. How did they look at the time? Participants did not know what was going to happen, but they saw what had happened, and their anxiety to prevent a repetition of the desperate war they found themselves in needs to be restored to the center of our understanding of what they did. As I worked on the archives, so I became more interested in the titanic struggle of the Soviet peoples. One day I will write some more on that subject."

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Folly, Martin H(arold) 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . 19 Sep. 2019 <>.

"Folly, Martin H(arold) 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . (September 19, 2019).

"Folly, Martin H(arold) 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved September 19, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.