|A. J. P. Taylor
Taylor in 1977
|Born||Alan John Percivale Taylor
25 March 1906
Birkdale, Lancashire, England
|Died||7 September 1990 (aged 84)
|Alma mater||Oriel College, Oxford|
Margaret Adams (m. 1931; div. 1951)
|Awards||Fellow of the British Academy|
Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
A racing tipster who only reached Hitler's level of accuracy would not do well for his clients.
The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be – a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.
Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer – the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment – and nothing more corrupting.