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OBITUARY: Lord Bullock.

HE WAS of liberal persuasion,punctilious in manner with a committee man's moustache,but his admirers believed that he understood the 20thcentury and all its horrors better than any person on earth.

To the wider public,his Hitler:A Study in Tyranny (1952) remains the definitive work on how the will of one man could reduce a civilised people to a state of barbarity in a few years.

Indeed, the influence of evil on the century was an abiding interest of Alan Bullock, the first Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford,and also ViceChancellor of Oxford,and he returned to the subject with Hitler and Stalin:Parallel Lives,published 39 years later. Although some felt that his writing style lacked the wit and elegance of more attention-seekinghistorians,no-onequestionedBullock's toweringintellect, which he combined with an unfailing sense of integrity in producing numerous books,including a three volume biography of Ernest Bevin, theLabour politician and Foreign Secretary.

Bullock himself, the son of a Unitarian Minister/ gardener and a lady's maid, favoured the moderate wing of the Labour Party and during a time of uncertainty he joined the SDP.

In his 1977 Bullock Report,commissioned by Callaghan's Government, he recommended greater workers'participation, which would allow their representatives to sit on company boards.

From Bradford Grammar School,Bullock advanced to Wadham College,Oxford, where he read Classical Greats and Modern History. Asthma kept him out of the services in World War II and he worked for the BBC.

After the war he immersed himself in the transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials,becoming a Fellow of New College,before his move to St Catherine's Society as Censor in 1952, paving the way for its transition to full college status in 1960. He was ViceChancellor from 1969 to 1973,but continued as Master of St Catherine's until 1980.

He was knighted in 1972 and created a Life Peer in 1976.

Lord Bullock was a historian of sound judgment, who found that the facts told their own stories.``I couldn't write great literature,but I could do a workmanlike job as a historian,'' he said,modestly.

He married Hilda Handy, and they had five children.

Alan Louis Charles Bullock (LordBullock).

Born December 13,1914; died February 2, 2004
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2004
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