In this major event, Richard J Evans, author of a groundbreaking new study of the period (The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914), is joined by another historian of international acclaim, Margaret MacMillan, to discuss Europe’s dramatic development in 19th and early 20th centuries, and the foundations laid in this period for the creation of our own society and its problems.

The first major survey to put the story of Europe into its global context, Evans’s new work covers every country in Europe, not just the ‘Great Powers’, and brings out their common features and the links between them in a transnational approach. In conversation with Margaret MacMillan, Evans will link technological advances to social emancipation and innovative politics, explore the transformation of religious faith, highlight the impact of the explosion in literacy and communications, and explain how the competing models of French revolutionary politics and English political gradualism were bypassed by powerful and dangerous nationalist sentiment across the continent.

This talk is a must for both those who want to know more about an age that is receding rapidly into a remote past, and for those who want to understand the origins of our own age and its problems, from extreme nationalism and religious fanaticism to environmental pollution and the gap between rich and poor.



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