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When I was a child I had something called Perthes Disease which meant I was on crutches, so I was bullied at school and all that sort of stuff.
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History is never tidy.

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I think it's outrageous if a historian has a 'leading thought' because it means they will select their material according to their thesis

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I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.

— Antony Beevor

When I was a child I had something called Perthes' Disease which meant I was on crutches, so I was bullied at school and all that sort of stuff.

— Antony Beevor

It is this compulsion to look backwards at a time of crisis because one's got no idea of what lies ahead. There is a notion of security that somehow it must resemble the past. It's never going to. Just because we muddled through in the past doesn't mean we can automatically muddle through in the future.

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The temptation in any approaching crisis or conflict is, because people haven't got a clue what lies ahead, they're always searching into the past for some sort of pattern ... to galvanise the nation or their supporters and put themselves on a pedestal to sound Churchillian or Rooseveltian.

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What is terrifying is the ability, through mass brainwashing or propaganda, to change normal human instinct, which does not necessarily contain very much hatred.

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I get slightly obsessive about working in archives because you don't know what you're going to find. In fact, you don't know what you're looking for until you find it.

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It takes me three or four years to research and write each book and the individual stories stay with you for a long time afterwards.

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Some novelists want to give people in history a voice because they have been denied it in the past.

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When I started to write, I realised that you need a bit of both: the overall context as well as the individual's experience.

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It was only after five years in the army, when I was having to do a very boring job in a very boring place, that I thought: 'Why not try writing a novel?' partly out of youthful arrogance and partly because there had been a long line of writers in my mother's family.

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