Lord Palmerston


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History Today
Vol. 41, no. 1 (January 1991), p. 15-20


To mark our 40th anniversary in 1991 History Today will be republishing throughout the year a series of vintage articles that reflect the wide range of distinguished figures whose work the founding editors of the magazine, Peter Quennell and Alan Hodge, published during the 1950s. The text of the articles will be unaltered but they will be illustrated with freshly researched pictures. A.J.P. Taylor, who died last October regarded as one of the greatest historians of our time, was always a keen contributor to History Today and an enthusiastic supporter of its aim to make the subject accessible to the general public. As a tribute to him, we begin our series with an article published in History Today's inaugural year - Taylor's musings in July 1951 (for a series entitled 'British Prime Ministers') on one of those surprising outsiders with a touch of mischief whom Taylor always had a soft historical spot for - in this case a man whose political career spanned nearly sixty years ...