This title was first published in 2000: A.J.P. Taylor (1906-90), one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century, initially established his reputation by his work in diplomatic history. This included his magisterial The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918 (1954) and The Origins of the Second World War (1961), both of which have remained in print. This collection brings together a rich selection of his essays and reviews in international history, only one of which (on Trieste) has been reprinted before. The collection includes many examples of his most lively writing, often controversial, yet usually full of insight.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I: Nineteenth Century: A world restored: 1812-22; The Crimean War: a triumph of muddle; European mediation and the Agreement of Villefranche, 1859; The struggle for supremacy in Germany, 1859-66; International relations, 1870-98; The Western Question; Part II Early Twentieth Century: Uneasy splendour: the British Empire at the start of the twentieth century; Joseph Chamberlain; Entente Cordiale: Great Britain and France, 1898-1904; Farce before tragedy: Agadir, 1911; Admiral Fisher: a great man?; The last Tsars; Lament for Imperial Vienna; War by time-table; War weariness and peace overtures; Lenin: October and after; Part III Interwar Years: The secrets of diplomacy; The Supreme Council, 1919; The hole in the tub; The groundwork of history; German policy, 1937-38; Appeasement: German version; More light on Munich; 1938: a German version; Dragons’ teeth; Documents; The morning after; Franco’s friends; The moment of decision; The Phoney War; Raw meat; After Versailles; Collapse of Versailles: the moment of crisis; How Hitler went to war: the German record; Feebler and feebler; Out of the diplomatic bag; Foreign relations; Lloyd George in action; Some awkward questions; Conflict at Versailles - and after; Germany’s breakthrough; Part IV From the Prelude of the Second World War to Cold War: American foreign policy; Roosevelt and the War; The revision of treaties: 1830 and 1938; Munich examined: Mr Wheeler-Bennett’s history; Munich again; How the war began: an essay in diplomatic history; Diplomatic supplement; Old tunes; After appeasement; Munich twenty years after: appeasement - with the wrong man; Soviet policy and Czechoslovakia; The myths of Munich; Europe, 1939: the negotiations with Russia; The false alliance; The outbreak of war; 1939 revisited; Old Foreign Office tie; How Germany lost the war; Potsdam: the seeds of Cold War; Trieste; Czechoslovakia today (July 1946); German riddles; Heartland; No sanctity of contra
’[These essays]...convey the range and vigour of his contribution to the subject, the clarity and point of his writing, and the sharpness of his criticism...’ Times Literary Supplement 'Wrigley is to be thanked for reproducing these pieces in a highly accessible form.' Journal of Contemporary History 'The individuality and controversial approach which have always marked Taylor's work are amply demonstrated in this fascinating collection of articles.' History 'Most of the articles have not, until now, been republished since they first appeared and their collective presentation in this volume serves as a reminder of the astonishing range of Taylor's interests and expertise...a useful collection of essays.' Contemporary British History