16 Facts About Alan Bullock

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Alan Bullock is best known for his book Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, the first comprehensive biography of Adolf Hitler, which influenced many other Hitler biographies.

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2.

Alan Bullock was a Harmsworth Senior Scholar at Merton College, Oxford, from 1938 to 1940.

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3.

Alan Bullock was the censor of St Catherine's Society and then founding master of St Catherine's College, Oxford, a college for undergraduates and graduates, divided between students of the sciences and the arts.

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4.

Alan Bullock was credited with massive fundraising efforts to develop the college.

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5.

Alan Bullock served as chairman of the National Advisory Committee on the Training and Supply of Teachers, the School's Council, the Committee of Inquiry into Reading and the Use of English, and the Committee of Inquiry on Industrial Democracy.

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6.

Alan Bullock first became known to the general public when he appeared on the informational BBC radio program The Brains Trust.

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7.

In 1952, Alan Bullock published Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, the first comprehensive biography of Adolf Hitler, which he based on the transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials.

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8.

Alan Bullock's views led in the 1950s to a debate with Hugh Trevor-Roper, who argued that Hitler had possessed beliefs, albeit repulsive ones, and that his actions had been motivated by them.

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9.

Alan Bullock was editor of The Harper Dictionary of Modern Thought, a project he suggested to the publisher when he found he could not define the word "hermeneutics".

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10.

Alan Bullock had earlier co-edited with Maurice Shock a collection on The Liberal Tradition: From Fox to Keynes.

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11.

Alan Bullock chaired the committee of inquiry on industrial democracy commissioned in December 1975 by the second Labour Government of Harold Wilson.

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12.

The committee's report, which was known as the Alan Bullock Report, published in 1977, recommended worker's control in large companies with employees having a right to hold representative worker directorships.

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13.

Alan Bullock appeared as a political pundit, particularly during the BBC's coverage of the 1959 British general election.

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14.

Alan Bullock showed how the careers of Hitler and Joseph Stalin fed off each other to some extent.

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15.

Alan Bullock comes to a thesis that Stalin's ability to consolidate power in his home country and, unlike Hitler, not to over-extend himself enabled him to retain power longer than Hitler.

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16.

In May 1976, Alan Bullock was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University.

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