A. J. P. Taylor Quotes

Alan John Percivale Taylor (25 March 1906 – 7 September 1990) was an English 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 the historian Richard Overy to describe him as "the Macaulay of our age"

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A. J. P. Taylor


In 1917 European history, in the old sense, came to an end. World history began. It was the year of Lenin and Woodrow Wilson, both of whom repudiated the traditional standards of political behaviour. Both preached Utopia, Heaven on Earth. It was the moment of birth for our contemporary world.

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Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.

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Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves.

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If there had been a strong democratic sentiment in Germany, Hitler would never have come to power . [Germans] deserved what they got when they went round crying for a hero.

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There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment - and nothing more corrupting.

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Bismarck fought 'necessary' wars and killed thousands, the idealists of the twentieth century fight 'just' wars and kill millions.

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Though the object of being a Great Power is to be able to fight a Great War, the only way of remaining a Great Power is not to fight one.

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Fascism was little more than terrorist rule by corrupt gangsters. Mussolini was not corrupt himself but he did nothing except to rage impotently.

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American statesmen might like some Europeans more than others and even detect quaint resemblances to their own outlook; but they no more committed themselves to a particular group or country than a nineteenth-century missionary committed himself to the African tribe in which he happened to find himself.

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No war is inevitable until it breaks out.

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If men are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease to respect each other for what they own.

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Manchester has everything but good looks..., the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery.

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Psychoanalysts believe that the only "normal" people are those who cause not trouble to either themselves or anyone else.

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A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.

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The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.

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