This chapter focuses on Butterfield's appointment to succeed Temperley as Professor of Modern History. The act was an affirmation of patriotic hope, since the end of the war was not in sight, and return to normalcy was not at all possible. Butterfield, now forty-four, had waited patiently for nearly five years during the war, since the death of Temperley, for this recognition. The appointment was his, even though he had not presented an application as was customary. The Cambridge members of the committee of electors for the chair included the history elite in the university. Among those passed over was E. H. Carr, nine years Butterfield's senior, reversing the outcome at Aberystwyth in 1936 when Carr got the professorship. Butterfield once again abandoned his thoughts of leaving Cambridge for another university, and accepted the appointment.
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