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Out of the ashes: Europe’s rebirth after the Second World War, 1945-1949
- 2 July 2015 6-7:15pm
Professor Sir Ian Kershaw FBA
Chaired by: Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge
The end of the First World War produced turmoil and upheaval in Europe which culminated in a second conflagration twenty years later. The end of the Second World War – massively more destructive even than the First – led in contrast to unprecedented peace, stability and prosperity in Europe. How is this to be explained? This lecture will explore the conditions in Europe between 1945 and 1949 in the attempt to find some answers.
About the speaker:
Ian Kershaw was until 2008, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Hitler and most recently The End: Germany, 1944-45. He is currently working on a 2-volume history of Europe in the 20th Century for the Penguin History of Europe series.
Who reads Geography or History anymore? The challenge of audience in a digital age
- 7 July 2015 6-7:15pm
Professor William Cronon
Chaired by: Professor Felix Driver FBA, Royal Holloway, University of London
The disciplines of history and geography favour quite different rhetorical venues for communicating their research findings. Geography long ago joined the rest of the sciences in preferring peer-reviewed journal articles as its principal mode of professional communication, whereas history is one of the last remaining disciplines still committed primarily to the book-length monograph. Neither format seems ideally suited to the increasingly dominant rhetorical media created by the digital revolution. How might geographers and historians best respond to the challenge of reaching academic and non-academic audiences in the 21st century?
About the speaker:
William Cronon studies North American environmental history: how human beings depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.
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