A.J.P. Taylor at 75

Chris Wrigley reviews the impact of the great historian, celebrating his recent birthday.

A.J.P. Taylor in 1977.
A.J.P. Taylor in 1977.

Alan Taylor, who was 75 on March 25th, still leaves most younger historians behind him. puffing for breath. In the past year he has been as active as ever. He still tours the country giving lecture after lecture to huge audiences at Historical Association meetings. He continues to run a stimulating research seminar on twentieth century British history at the Institute of Historical Research. As in the past he has lectured on television (this time on Lancashire towns for Granada, printed versions appearing in The Spectator ). taken part in discussion programmes on radio and television, written a column for The Listener and numerous reviews for journals and newspapers, and recently had a new selection of his essays published, Politicians, Socialism and Historians. In his seventy-fourth year there was no sign that he was slowing down.

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