War Stories: Gripping tales of courage, cunning and compassion

History

War Stories: Gripping tales of courage, cunning and compassion

Sat 18 Nov

Spanning four centuries and four continents, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give us a lively, moving and uniquely intimate account of ordinary men and women who rose to the challenge of war with acts of great heroism and humanity.

Women and Desire

History

Women and Desire

Mon 20 Nov

Social and cultural historian Carol Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema, and popular romance to show how the changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men, from Lord Byron in the early nineteenth century to boy-bands in the early twenty-first.

M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

History

M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Wed 22 Nov

Historian Henry Hemming tells us the story of Maxwell Knight, the maverick MI5 officer, better known as ‘M’, a complex, a conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy.

Russian Revolution

History

Russian Revolution

Sun 26 Nov

Two great historians, Helen Rappaport, author of acclaimed books on the Romanovs, 1917, Lenin and Stalin, and Victor Sebestyen, author of Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate portrait, retrace the origins of the revolution and its developments.

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

History

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

Sun 26 Nov

In this provocative new work, based on exclusive interviews with key players either side of the new divide, Peter Conradi addresses the failures of understanding on both sides over the past twenty-five years and outlines how we can get relations back on track before it’s too late.

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