The eminent Cambridge University historian Sir Richard Evans will be in conversation with J.P. O’Malley at a forthcoming event in London, where they will explore the key points of the nineteenth century from across Europe. History students and other interested scholars are especially welcome to attend.
Sir Richard has recently published The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (Penguin Books), which has been called ‘an extraordinarily rich examination’ of a continent during a period of great change and upheaval, but still at the height of its power. Critics have already praised the new study, and a review in The Times newspaper recently described the book as ‘Transnational history at its finest’, which integrates social, political and cultural themes together ‘in one great canvas of immense detail and beauty’.
Sir Richard, who is probably best known as one of Britain’s leading experts on Hitler and the German Third Reich, and has also been played on the big screen by John Sessions in the recent British-American movie Denial (2016) (about the David Irving vs Deborah Lipstadt libel trial), has now drawn together a lifetime of thinking about the wider and more general historical themes involved with looking at nineteenth century Europe, and he is currently working on an exciting follow-up volume on the twentieth century.
Sir Richard is also well-known to generations of history students for his excellent book In Defence of History (1997), which offered a spirited and strong defence of the discipline, and critically engaged with some of the more controversial claims of the postmodernists who, Evans argued, were seriously undermining the ability of historians to produce credible knowledge about the past. Sir Richard has also recently taken on the role of becoming one of the directors of the ‘Conspiracy and Democracy Project’, based at Cambridge University, which is designed to research into all forms of conspiracy theory in history.
The ‘Pursuit of Power: In conversation with Richard Evans’ event will take place at Waterstones bookshop in Piccadilly on the evening of Friday, October 21st, 2016.
Details of the event are available on this link: