Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 6:00PM
Museum of London

Britain in the 20th Century: The Road to War

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

After the seeming success of the Munich Conference of 1938 it was hoped that war could be avoided. However, it gradually became clear that the territorial ambitions of Hitler could not be sated as he invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, and Britain and France declared war in September 1939. Was Chamberlain personally culpable for war and did Britain consider suing for peace in 1940? 

This lecture is part of the series Britain in the 20th Century: Progress and Decline.
The other lectures in this series include:
        The Character of Twentieth Century Britain
        Responses to Decline, 1895-1914
        The Great War and its Consequences
        The Economic Crisis and its Consequences
        'Appeasement'

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Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor Fellow of Brasenose College, is Professor of Government at Oxford University.

He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometime special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.

Professor Bogdanor continues his Gresham lectures with a new series for the 2015/16 academic year entitled Political Crises Since 1945.

Professor Bogdanor's previous lecture series' are as follows:

2014/15 Six General Elections
2013/14 Britain and Europe
2012/13 Making the Weather: Six Politicians Who Shaped Our Age
2010/12 Britain in the 20th Century
2007/09 From Roosevelt to Bush: The American Presidency: Transformation and Change

All of Professor Bogdanor's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Current Gresham Professor of Political History

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Britain in the 20th Century: The Road to War
Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

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