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...
  • ''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).
  • ''There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment—and nothing more corrupting.''
    A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. "William Cobbett," New Statesman (August 29, 1953).
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