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By C. J. Wrigley
A pupil gentleman within the old-fashioned; a northern non-conforming radical; an educational steeped in Oxford traditions; a late-20th century media character; essentially the most striking historians of his age: A.J.P. Taylor used to be most of these issues. He wrote approximately conventional old matters in a standard demeanour and took narrative historical past to new heights and used to be both at domestic with a severe educational, as with an unlimited well known, viewers. C.J. Wrigley's new biographical research contains interesting and hitherto unknown information of Taylor's privileged and cosseted adolescence, the influence of his shut yet combative and stimulating relatives, the dissenting and nonconformist culture, and his time as a instructor, broadcaster journalist and historian.
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B. 47 He was sufﬁciently clever to win a scholarship to Oxford, but not the one he ﬁrst went for. He was intensely competitive and tried to win a scholarship to Balliol. This he did not get. In his autobiography he explains his failure in terms of a radical riposte to what should be done to Oxford under a communist society, and to preference being given to a poorer student who would have been unable to study at Oxford without a scholarship. ). It was an echo of the Eton headmaster’s comment, when Henry Salt resigned as a master from the school in order to devote himself to humanitarian causes: ‘Socialism!
He was arrested as early as 28 September 1914 for an anti-war speech in London. After the introduction of conscription for single men in January 1916 Sara returned his call-up papers, declaring that he conscientiously objected to the war on socialist grounds. He was arrested in London on 3 April 1916 and, although he suffered from defective eyesight (a wall eye), he was passed as medically ﬁt for the army. He was beaten and humiliated at the Harrow Road Barracks of the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion London Regiment before being sent to Hurdcott Camp.
His early departure from Bootham turned him into a pen pal and a friend to meet up with in vacations. Together they went on walking holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, including during the summers of 1925 and 1926. The two also holidayed in Germany and Austria in the summer of 1928, a year after Taylor had graduated. 43 But by then Taylor was not emotionally involved, and apparently was not greatly upset by the news of his death. Another particular friend at Bootham, albeit brieﬂy, was Roger Moore.
A. J. P. Taylor: Radical Historian of Europe by C. J. Wrigley