LETTER: A HISTORIAN OF THE PEOPLE

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The Independent Online
From Dr David Spooner

Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones's heavy-handed revaluation of AJP Taylor, while free of the personal bile of AL Rowse's recent attack, should not mislead your readers. Long ago Erich Maria Remarque presciently identified the seeds in mainstream Teutonic culture that were systematised and then industrialised into Nazism.

Taylor wrote out of an intellectually unfashionable, now possibly defunct, anarcho-democratic tradition. The brisk professionalism of contemporary academia is destined always to find something Chaplinesque ("impish") in this remnant of humanist methodology.

Yours sincerely,

DAVID SPOONER

Dunfermline, Fife

5 April

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