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Pages: 23. Chapters: Academics of London Guildhall University,
Academics of the University of North London, A. J. P. Taylor, Takis
Fotopoulos, Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox, Ghada Karmi, Mark Anthony
Bracegirdle, Victor E. Neuburg, Deian Hopkin, Dennis Sharp, Peter
Gowan, Howell Tong, Linda Papadopoulos, Roderick Floud, Charles
Palliser, Stephen Haseler, Mark Harman, John Grieve, David Cross,
Dianne Willcocks, Douwe Korff, Leslie Wagner, Stephen Barber, Kate
Soper, John Grahl, Clem Seecharan, Henning Meyer, Mary J. Hickman,
John Rose, Ann Williams. Excerpt: Alan John Percivale Taylor, FBA
(25 March 1906 - 7 September 1990) was a British historian of the
20th century and renowned academic who became well known to
millions through his popular television lectures. Taylor was born
in Birkdale, near Southport, of Scottish descent and was brought up
in Lancashire. He was educated at various Quaker schools including
Bootham School in York. As a student he was described by his
headmasters as brilliant and rebellious. Initially he had an
interest in archaeology, and as a young man he was an amateur
expert in the history and archaeology of churches in northern
England. His interest in archaeology led to a strong interest in
history. In 1924, he went to Oriel College, Oxford to study modern
history. His wealthy parents held strongly left-wing views, which
he inherited. His parents were both pacifists who vocally opposed
the First World War, and sent their son to Quaker schools as a way
of protesting against the war. He was also evacuated during the
second world war. In the 1920s, Taylor's mother, Constance, was a
member of the Comintern and one of his uncles a founding member of
the Communist Party of Great Britain. Constance was a suffragette,
feminist, and advocate of free love who practised her teachings via
a string of extramarital affairs, most ...
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