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A.J.P. Taylor
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    (March 25, 1906-September 7, 1990)
    Born in Southport, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Alan John Percival Taylor
    English historian
    Wrote 'From Napoleon to Stalin' (1950), 'Rumours of War' (1952), 'Bismarck: The Man and Statesman' (1955), 'The Origins of the Second World War' (1961), 'Politics in Wartime' (1964), 'From Sarajevo to Potsdam' (1966), 'Churchill Revised: A Critical Assessment' (1969), 'The War Lords' (1977), 'How Wars Begin' (1979) and 'How Wars End' (1985)
    He joined the British Communist party (1924).
    He opposed British rearmament before World War II.
    During the Cold War, he felt Britain should ally with the Soviet Union instead of the US.
    He resigned from the British Academy to protest the expulsion of Anthony Blunt, which he compared to McCarthyism, even though Blunt had been exposed as a Soviet spy (1980).
    His 'The Origins of the Second World War,' which argued that the outbreak of war was an accident caused by mistakes by leaders on both the Axis and Allied sides, was embraced by neo-Nazis as exonerating Hitler.
    As a professor at Oxford, he was such a popular speaker that his lectures were scheduled for 8:30 in the morning to avoid overcrowding.
    He had a lively writing style and enjoyed his reputation as the 'People's Historian.'
    Despite his socialism, he supported privately-owned television stations to provide competition for the BBC.
    He always disowned any support from neo-Nazis.
    He had a cameo appearance in the film 'Time Bandits' (1981).

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