A.J.P. Taylor

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.

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 … Read More

Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only “normal” people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.

Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past … Read More

Rather an end in horror, than horror without end. He could not condemn principles he might need to invoke and apply later. The wolf cannot help having been created by God as he is, but we shoot him all the same if we have to. The great player in diplomacy, as in chess, asks the question,Does this improve me?, not look at the possible fringe benefits If you can’t have what you like, you must like what you have.

Rather an end in horror, than horror without end. He could not condemn principles he might need to invoke and apply later. The wolf cannot … Read More

History gets thicker as it approaches recent times: more people, more events, and more books written about them. More evidence is preserved, often, one is tempted to say, too much. Decay and destruction have hardly begun their beneficent work.

History gets thicker as it approaches recent times: more people, more events, and more books written about them. More evidence is preserved, often, one is … Read More