A.J.P. Taylor’s The Struggle for Mastery in Europe: 60 years on

Venue: Parliament Hall, 66 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9JU


An event jointly hosted by the School of History and the School of International Relations to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of A.J.P. Taylor’s The Struggle for Mastery in Europe and to welcome Professor Sir Hew Strachan to the University.


9:30–10:30 Welcome

9:30 Tea and coffee

10:15 Professor Louise Richardson (Principal, St Andrews), ‘Opening Remarks’

10:30–11:45 Taylor and History

Adam Sisman (St Andrews): ‘“An Unreadable Book”: an overview of A.J.P. Taylor’s The Struggle for Mastery in Europe’

Professor David Hayton (Queen’s Belfast): ‘“Alan must have fireworks”: Taylor and Namier’

11:45-12:30 Taylor and IR (I)

Professor Caroline Kennedy (Hull): ‘Troublemaker: A.J.P. Taylor and International Relations’

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:00 Taylor and IR (II)

Professor Nick Rengger (St Andrews): ‘How not to write the history of International Relations: Wight, Taylor and the Shape of the Past’

2:00-3:00 Overview

Professor Michael Bentley (St Andrews): ‘Situating Taylor: some comparative thoughts’

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (St Andrews): ‘Concluding Remarks’

3:00 Tea and coffee