A. J. P. Taylor

Taylor, Alan John Percivale

Alan John Percivale Taylor, 1906–90, English historian, primarily interested in diplomatic and Central European history. Educated at Oxford, he became a fellow of Magdalen College in 1938. He appeared frequently on British radio and television and was a columnist for the Manchester Guardian and other British newspapers. Taylor was one of the leaders of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1950s and a frequent critic of British foreign policy. His best-known works, contentious interpretations of the origin of modern wars, include an exoneration of Otto von Bismarck in Bismarck, the Man and the Statesman (1955), an indictment of Germany holding it responsible for World War I in The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848–1918 (1954), and his most controversial book, The Origins of the Second World War (1961), a condemnation of French and English isolationism and vacillation.

See his autobiography (1983); biographies by A. Sisman (1994) and K. Burk (2001).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

A. J. P. Taylor: Selected full-text books and articles

Historians of Modern Europe By Hans A. Schmitt Louisiana State University Press, 1971
Librarian’s tip: "A. J. P. Taylor" by H. Russell Williams begins on p. 78
Bismarck: The Man and the Statesman By A. J. P. Taylor Vintage Books, 1967
The Italian Problem in European Diplomacy, 1847-1849 By A. J. P. Taylor Manchester University Press, 1970
Toynbee and History: Critical Essays and Reviews By M. F. Ashley Montagu Porter Sargent, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "Much Learning" by A. J. P. Taylor begins on p. 115
Essays Presented to Sir Lewis Namier By Richard Pares; A. J. P. Taylor MacMillan, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "The War Aims of the Allies in the First World War" by A. J. P. Taylor begins on p. 475
Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima: History Writing and the Second World War 1945-1990 By R. J.B. Bosworth Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of A. J. P. Taylor begins on p. 32
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