The London History Festival consists of several evening lectures which all sound interesting.
November 14th 7pm
Simon Sebag Montefiore talks about the all too human drives of lust, power and violence which have shaped the histories of Jerusalem and Russia. Why is Jerusalem still considered the city at the centre of the world? And why is Russia still perhaps, as Churchill deemed it, “a riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma”?
November 17th 7pm
All Hell Let Loose – World War Two
Max Hastings talks about his new history of the Second World War. We will see the war through the prism of individual voices, of ordinary soldiers on the frontline – as well as the war being a sweeping story of grand strategy and charismatic leaders.
November 21st 7pm
Description Historians Helen Castor (She-Wolves), Roger Moorhouse (Berlin at War) and James Mather (Pashas) will talk about their latest books and debate the question: `What is History?’ Join in the debate and discuss how history can still resonate, delight and instruct.
November 24th 7pm
Description Charles Dickens – His Life and Times
Acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin discusses Charles Dickens, the subject of her latest book. She will also talk about her previous works on Pepys, Hardy and Austen.
Tickets £5.00 (£3.00 concessions) and are available from any Kensington and Chelsea library 020 7361 3010
If none of the above move you to go, Waterstone’s on Kensington High Street on November 16th will have
Bestselling Historian Norman Davies talks about his latest book, Vanished Kingdoms, which tells the story of the lost realms and power politics of Europe, from Ancient Britain and Prussia to the Soviet Union. Join Norman on a journey which will prove partly familiar, partly revelatory.
and on November 22nd will have
Acclaimed historian Saul David will discuss his new three-part history series for BBC4, How to go to war. Saul will reveal the secret sinews of conflict as he explains how armies are moved, supplied and commanded. Does an army march on its stomach? How much has warfare changed, or stayed the same, throughout history?