This isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...
Holmes reports from his regiment’s frontline tour of duty in Iraq, on the day-to-day experience of infantrymen in 2006 in his Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War. His experience commanding in the Gulf War, UNPROFOR and Kossovo informs The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, Smith’s radical exploration of conflicts fought no longer as industrial absolute war, but as war ‘among the people’.
Please note: The introduction to this lecture is in Spanish. The rest of the lecture is delivered in English.
Eric Hobsbawm, the great British historian discusses the international mobilisation of intellectuals in favour of the Republic during the Civil War. Eric Hobsbawm is Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History at Birkbeck College in the University of London. Amongst his numerous books are The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914–1991 (1995), the series made up by The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 (1997), The Age of Capital 1848–1875 (1998) and The Age of Empire 1875–1914 (1998), as well as his more recent The New Century (2000) and Bandits (2001).
The historian recreates ten
critical political and military decisions taken between May 1940, when
Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender, and the autumn of
1941, when Hitler decided to destroy Europe’s Jews.
‘Humankind’s great conversation with itself about what is best in life involves reading, thinking, conversing, learning, enjoying, judging, being sceptical, being open-minded – and, in bad times, maintaining trust in all that these endeavours prove to be valuable.’
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857
Hay Festival 2007,
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
‘A world almost entirely composed of empires 100 years ago, has gone for good and is beyond reconstruction. It should not be remembered with superior nostalgia, nor with mythologies of national liberation.’
Holmes introduces The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman (Born 1789 – Buried 2002). Wagner’s debut novel Seizure is a compelling exploration of identity and adulthood. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
The rise of YouTube, Linux, MySpace and Wikipedia defines a new society in which participation will be the key organising idea. Join us for a last chance to shape Leadbeater’s groundbreaking investigation before publication. Chaired by Ariane Koek, Director of the Arvon Foundation.
Driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, from 1095 to 1291 successive generations of Christian soldiers ransacked the Middle East. They defined the shape of the Mediterranean world and the relationship between Christianity and Islam.