A. J. P. Taylor

A. J. P. Taylor was a renowned British historian and journalist known for his expertise in European history, particularly that of Germany and the events leading up to both World Wars. He was a prolific author, writing many popular and scholarly books, and was also known for his work as a broadcaster on television. Taylor's approach to history was often provocative and he challenged traditional narratives, making him a controversial figure among historians. His writing style was accessible, engaging a wide audience in the subjects of history and international politics.


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  1. 1. The Struggle For Mastery In Europe

    The book provides a comprehensive analysis of European international politics from the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars to the outbreak of World War I. It examines the complex system of alliances, crises, and diplomatic maneuvers that characterized the continent during the 19th century, focusing on the quest for dominance among the great powers. The narrative delves into the balance of power principle, the role of nationalism, and the impact of economic and military factors on the relationships between countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Italy. Through a detailed account of treaties, wars, and diplomatic strategies, the work explores how the struggle for supremacy shaped the modern European state system and sowed the seeds for future conflicts.

  2. 2. The Origins of the Second World War

    This book delves into the causes and events leading to the Second World War, challenging traditional views and suggesting that it was not a premeditated act of aggression by Germany, but rather a series of miscalculations and blunders by various nations. It argues that the war was not inevitable, but was the result of flawed diplomacy and the failure of the League of Nations. The author presents a detailed analysis of the actions of major players, including Britain, France, and Russia, providing a fresh perspective on the political climate of the time.