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The historian AJP Taylor was one of the first "telly dons." But over the years, those of us who admired him, as a scholar, stylist and gadfly, have gradually been disabused

In one of the best and most moving parliamentary speeches hefo ever made, Winston Churchill said that it was not always given to us to foresee the unfolding course of events. “In one phase men seem to have been right,” Churchill chivalrously allowed, on what was for him a delicate as well as melancholy occasion, the death of his recent rival Neville Chamberlain in November 1940, “in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is…

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