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Alan John Percivale Taylor


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Alan John Percival Taylor (25 March 1906 – 7 September 1990) was a British historian who specialised in 19th and 20th century European diplomacy. Both a journalist and a broadcaster, he became well known to millions through his television lectures. His combination of academic rigour and popular appeal led historian Richard Overy to describe him as "the Macaulay of our age". more »

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  • ''Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman ... never gave offence to anyone, not even the enemy.''
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. Letter, March 16, 1973. Letters to Eva, ed. Eva Haraszti Taylor (1991). Referr...
  • ''In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer—the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.''
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. Quoted in Peter Vansittart, Voices 1870-1914, introduction (1984).
  • ''The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the spectre of Communism.''
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. The Origins of the Second World War, ch. 2 (1961).
  • In the Second World War approximately the same European allies fought approximately the same adversaries as in the first. Though the tide of the battle swung more violently to and fro, the battle ende...
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (b. 1906), British historian. The Origins of the Second World War, ch. 2, Atheneum (1961).
  • We are apt to say that a foreign policy is successful only when the country, or at any rate the governing class, is united behind it. In reality, every line of policy is repudiated by a section, often...
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. The Trouble Makers, ch. 1 (1957).
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