Origins of the Second World War

A. J. P. Taylor (Author)


From influential British historian A.J.P. Taylor, a reprint of his influential text The Origins of the Second World War. Controversial for his thesis that Hitler was an opportunist with no thorough plan, The Origins of the Second World War is an extensive exploration of the international politics and foreign policy that lead up to the one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century.

Published in 1961, The Origins of the Second World War is a classic of modern history. A.J.P. Taylor's years of research helped change the long-accepted view that Adolf Hitler had wanted and planned in detail for a war. With clear and relatable prose, Taylor articularly depicts the diplomatic mistakes from both the Allied and Axis powers that lead to the outbreak of World War II. A groundbreaking work, The Origins of the Second World War "is an almost faultless masterpiece, perfectly proportioned, perfectly controlled" (The Observer).

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
April 01, 1996
5.64 X 0.82 X 8.24 inches | 0.64 pounds
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About the Author

A. J. P. Taylor, born in Lancashire in 1906, studied at Oriel College, Oxford. From 1953 he was a lecturer in international history at Oxford, also enjoying a successful career as a broadcaster. Taylor's many books include The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848-1918 and English History 1914-1945. He died in 1990.


"This is an almost faultless masterpiece."--Sebastian Haffner "The Observer "
"The only English historian now writing who can bend the bow of Gibbon and Macaulay."--David Marquand "The New Statesman "