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22nd - 25th October 2015

 
 Thursday 22nd October 2015
 

 

 

 

Peter Snow New
Peter Snow
The Battle of Waterloo Experience
Thursday 22nd October 20.00 - 21.15
 

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Saturday 24th October 2015
 
 
 
Jonathan Fenbysmler
Jonathan Fenby
The History of Modern France
Saturday 24th October 15.00 – 16.15
 
Bestselling historian and political commentator, Jonathan Fenby, is one of the most perceptive of all modern writers on France. Here he takes us on a compelling journey through the tumultuous two hundred years that followed the defeat at Waterloo. This was a period that saw France regain and lose an Empire, suffer further revolutions and further catastrophic military defeats, before her re-emergence as the would-be leader of the European project.
At the same time France would experience enormous social change, leading the nation to fundamentally question what it stood for – leading to soul-searching that still resonates today, in the face of Islamic extremism.
 
Jonathan Fenby is a former Editor of the Observer and of the South China Morning Post. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur for his contribution to understanding between Britain and France.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Stanley Johnsonsmler
Stanley Johnson
Stanley, I Resume: Further Recollections of an Exuberant Life
Saturday 24th October 16.45 - 18.00
 
Stanley Johnson, father of Boris, Mayor of London: one-time spy, politician, animal rights crusader - and irresistibly brilliant raconteur. From his career as a Member of the European Parliament to his pioneering work saving the rainforests, Stanley Johnson's life has, without doubt, been one characterised by adventure.
 
His recollections begin with him falling out of a tree on his fortieth birthday. Then, we're treated to the sights of Stanley posing as a burglar; horrifying Margaret Thatcher with his cocktail party repartee; climbing Kilimanjaro (twice);and navigating the turbulent rapids of parenthood.
 
Johnson paints a vivid portrait of a politician, poet and adventurer, an idealist, a family man and above all, a born storyteller.
 
Stanley Johnson is a former MEP, author, journalist and environmental campaigner. He received the Greenpeace Award for Outstanding Services to the Environment.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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sTEPHEN gREEN 2015
Stephen Green
European Identity - Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny
Saturday 24th October 18.30 - 19.45
 
Is there any such thing as a European identity? What – if anything – do 28 members of the European Union have in common? We know we are different from Asia; and we are more different from America than we – perhaps especially the British – think. So in a 21st century of globalisation and emerging great powers, Europe must discover and define that common identity.

Europe clearly has something distinctive and vitally important to offer: it is the experience of a unique journey through centuries of exploration and conflict, errors and learnings, soul-searching and rebuilding. It is an experience of universal significance.

Stephen Green was an international banker and Minister for Trade and Investment between  2011-13. He chairs the Natural History Museum, is an ordained priest of the Church of England and sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Tony Little
An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education
Saturday 24th October 20.15 - 21.30
 
Tony Little is the Head Master of Eton – and one of the most progressive and imaginative people in British education today. He argues that there is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year, GCSE and A Level pupils post better exam results, with more students achieving top grades. Yet business leaders and employers complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit for purpose.

How do children absorb information? What kind of people does society need? What is education for? Not only is the author one of the great reforming headmasters of our time but he has: planted Academies in the East end of London; founded a state boarding school near Windsor; and yet is a passionate advocate of single-sex schools.

Tony Little was educated at Eton and Cambridge.

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Sunday 25th October 2015

 

 

 

 

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Philip Mansel
Inside the court of Napoleon
Sunday 25th October 10.00 - 11.15
 
Napoleon’s palaces reflected the power of the greatest empire in modern European history. His military conquests changed the world and dominate most portraits of him, but it was through the splendour of his court - a world fashioned beyond the battlefield - that Napoleon governed his empire. Using the unpublished papers of the Emperor's leading courtiers and his second Empress Marie Louise, Mansel brings to life the world of a court 'devoured by ambition' as Stendhal called it; its visual magnificence and rigid hierarchy; mistresses, artists and manipulators. The life of the court illuminates the life of the Emperor and the nature of a personality that conquered half the world yet, in the end, was abandoned by his dynasty and his courtiers.
 
Philip Mansel, who has lived and taught in Paris, is one of Britain's leading historians of France.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Kwasi Kwarteng
War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt
Sunday 25th October 11.45 - 13.00
 
In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors discovered the New World. Its vast quantities of gold and silver would make their country rich. Yet the new wealth, which was plunged into multiple wars, would eventually lead to the economic ruin of the Spanish empire. Here, Kwarteng shows that this moment in world history has been echoed many times, from the French Revolution to both World Wars, right up to the present day, when our own financial crisis saw many of our great nations slip into real trouble.

Kwarteng reveals a pattern of war-waging, financial debt and fluctuations between paper money and the gold standard and creates a compelling study of the powerful relationship that has shaped the world as we know it: that between war and gold.

Kwasi Kwarteng is a writer and a Conservative MP for Spelthorne

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COMBINED

Jemimah Steinfeld, Aowen Jin and Jonathan Fenby.
Between Two Worlds: China in the 21st Century
Sunday 25th October 13.30 - 14.45
 
China's importance as an increasingly significant global force is a key phenomenon of our   times, but the world's most heavily populated nation has a history of tyranny and repression, poverty, unfair business practice and corruption - and now faces environmental degradation and a demographic time bomb. The panel discusses what is emerging out of these factors in terms of youth culture, new developments in Chinese politics, the role of free speech and the interaction of progress and tradition in the role of women both in the family and society.

Jonathan Fenby is a former Editor of the Observer and of the South China Morning Post. He is one of the UK’s foremost experts on China

Aowen Jin is a Chinese-born, British artist and social commentator. Her artworks have been collected by the Queen and the Horniman Museum.

Jemimah Steinfeld has worked for the Global Times, CNN, Time Out and the Huffington Post on issues relating to China, feminism and dating. She currently works at London's Asia House.

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Welfare of nations
James Bartholomew
The Welfare of Nations
Sunday 25th October 15.15 - 16.30
 
The 20th century experienced an epochal war between capitalism and communism, but the real winner, Bartholomew argues, was welfare-statism. He has, in the past, controversially argued that the British welfare state has done more harm than good. Many - including Lady Thatcher – asked: 'If that is the case, what should we do about it?' In this hard-hitting and provocative new contribution, Bartholomew sets out to answer that question.

Travelling across the globe, he investigates what happens elsewhere in the world and considers which welfare models Britain could potentially follow. His search for the best education, healthcare and support services takes him to eleven vastly different countries where he delves into crucial issues such as literacy, poverty and inequality.

James Bartholomew is a freelance journalist, a leader-writer for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. He has appeared on Radio 5 live, Newsnight, Radio 4 s Today programme, Moral Maze.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Roger Scruton and Fiona Rintoul
Life in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall
Sunday 25th October 17.00 - 18.15
 
Roger Scruton and Fiona Rintoul discuss life in Eastern Europe under communism.  Scruton, who is Professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington and Oxford, engages in contemporary political and cultural debates as a conservative thinker. From 1979 to 1989, he was an active supporter of dissidents in Eastern Europe under Communist Party rule, forging links between Czechoslovakia's dissident academics and their counterparts in Western universities. He was detained in 1985 in Brno before being expelled from the country and placed on the Index of ‘undesirable persons’. His latest book ‘Notes from Underground’ describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the system of the Czech communism.

Fiona Rintoul is a writer, journalist and translator. As a "bolshie" student in the mid-80s, she spent a term behind the Iron Curtain at a university in East Germany. 30 years later, her fascination with communist Eastern Europe led to her novel, ‘The Leipzig Affair’ which won the 2013 Virginia prize for the best fiction and was serialised on BBC Radio 4.

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Harry Mount
Harry Mount
Harry Mount’s Greek Odyssey
Sunday 25th October 18.45 - 20.00
 
Architecture, art, sculpture, economics, mathematics, science, metaphysics, comedy, tragedy, drama and epic poetry were all devised and perfected by the Greeks. The powerful ghost of ancient Greece still lingers on in the popular mind as the first great civilization and one of the most influential in the creation of modern thought. It is the starting block of Western European civilization.
 
In his new ‘Odyssey’, eminent writer Harry Mount, tells the story of ancient Greece while on the trail of its greatest son, Odysseus. In the charming, anecdotal style of his bestselling ‘Amo, Amas, Amat and All That’, Harry recounts visiting Troy, still looming over the plain where Achilles dragged Hector's body through the dust, and attempts to swim the Hellespont, in emulation of Lord Byron. Whether in Odysseus's kingdom on Ithaca, Homer's birthplace of Chios or the Minotaur's lair on Crete, Mount brings the Odyssey - and ancient Greece - back to life.
 
Harry Mount writes for the Spectator, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail.
 
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bREXIT
Denis MacShane
Brexit: How Britain will leave Europe
Sunday 25th October 20.30 - 21.45
 
Will Britain leave the EU? Commentators now talk seriously about the possibility of 'Brexit'- a British exit from the EU. In this book, former Europe Minister Denis MacShane looks at the history of Britain's fraught relationship with Europe and shows how the possibility of Brexit has become increasingly more likely. Touching on one of the most divisive political issues of our times, this book will be essential reading as Britain makes its choice on Europe and future place in the world.

Denis MacShane was a Labour MP serving in Tony Blair's government as Minister for Europe. He was first elected as MP for Rotherham in 1994 and served until his resignation in 2012. MacShane studied at Oxford and London Universities and has four children. He is a prominent commentator on European issues.

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