Historian Paul Johnson, author of “The Story of the Jews,” dies at age 94

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Historian Paul Johnson, author of “The Story of the Jews,” dies at age 94

The Briton studied history at Oxford University, where he was a classmate of Margaret Thatcher

British writer and historian Paul Johnson died in London on Thursday at the age of 94 after a long illness. Author of half a dozen history books and essays, his extensive work includes “Modern Times,” in which he portrays 20th century history from World War I to the 1970s; ‘Intellectuals’, in which he addresses the figure of personalities such as Marx, Rousseau or Sartre; ‘History of Christianity’ or ‘The History of the Jews’, a journey of four thousand years, from Abraham to the consolidation of the State of Israel.

Born in Manchester in 1928, a Catholic and the father of four, Johnson studied history at the University of Oxford, where he was a pupil of the celebrated historian AJP Taylor and a classmate of Margaret Thatcher. He did his military service in Gibraltar, where he took a stand against the Franco regime. His military experience helped him to work as a journalist for the Paris magazine ‘Realités’.

In France he also began working as a correspondent with the centre-left newspaper ‘New Statesman’, where he would work as an editor until 1970. He then worked as a speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher. Author of works on current affairs and history in general. Paul Johnson regularly contributed to media such as ‘The Daily Telegraph’, ‘The Spectator’ or ‘Forbes’ in which he spread his thoughts. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Source: La Verdad

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