R. A. C. Parker

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Robert Alexander Clarke Parker (Barnsley, Yorkshire, 15 June 1927 - Oxford, 23 April 2001) was a British historian, specialising in British appeasement of Nazi Germany and the Second World War. Fellow historian Kenneth O. Morgan called him "perhaps the leading authority on the international crises of the 1930s, appeasement and the coming of war".[1]

At the University of Manchester Parker was a lecturer in History from 1952 to 1957 and was then a Fellow in Modern History at The Queen's College, Oxford until 1994. Parker was an admirer of Winston Churchill and held Old Labour views.


  • Europe: 1918-1945 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969; first published in 1967 in German as part of the well-known Fischer Weltgeschichte).
  • Struggle For Survival (Oxford University Press, 1989; re-titled The Second World War in 1997 for paperback publication.[1]
  • Chamberlain and Appeasement (Palgrave Macmillan, 1993).
  • Churchill and Appeasement. Could Churchill have prevented the Second World War? (Macmillan, 2000).


  1. ^ Kenneth O Morgan, 'Alastair Parker', The Guardian, 25 April 2001.

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