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Summary Article: Taylor, A(lan) J(ohn) P(ercivale) from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1906-90

English historian

Born in Lancashire, he attended Bootham School, York, and studied at Oriel College, Oxford. He was lecturer in modern history at Manchester University, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford (1938-76), and lecturer in international history at Oxford (1953-63). As a diplomatic historian, he established his authority in modern European history by studies of the Habsburg monarchy, and of Bismarck, and in the first lectures ever given on British television (on the Russian Revolution). His major work was The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848-1918 (1954). Other works include The Trouble Makers (1957), which examines critics of British foreign policy from 1792 to 1939, The Origins of the Second World War (1961), and English History 1914-1945 (1965). He inspired many students, was a friend and biographer of Lord Beaverbrook, and wrote many essays and an autobiography, A Personal History (1983). In 1991 Letters to Eva 1969-83 was published posthumously, a collection of love-letters to his third wife.

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