Tuesday, 7 June 2011, 6:00PM
Guildhall

Reinventing the Wheel: The cost of neglecting international history

Sir Adam Roberts

There is an ever increasing tendency to imagine ourselves living somehow 'beyond history', to bask in what Francis Fukuyama termed 'the end of history'. In this lecture, Sir Adam Roberts presents a compelling case for the reintroduction of history to the centre of international relations, drawing on examples from contemporary world conflicts.

Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President, The British Academy
Introduced by Professor Sir Roderick Floud, Provost, Gresham College
With thanks by Professor Richard Sorabji FBA, Emeritus Gresham Professor of Rhetoric

 

This is the 2011 Gresham Special Lecture.

The previous Gresham Special Lectures can be accessed here:

     2013 - The New Face of Europe by Sir Richard Lambert
     2012 - Parliament and the Public: Strangers or Friends? by The Rt Hon John Bercow
     2010 - The Challenges of the new Supreme Court by the Rt Hon the Lord Philips
     2009 - The Ascent of Money by Professor Niall Ferguson
     2008 - Early Christianity and Today by the Archbishop of Canterbury
     2007 - The Beauty of Holiness and its Perils by Sir Roy Strong
     2006 - Walking the Line by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws
     2005 - Should we trust the Scientists by Professor the Lord Winston
     2004 - Science in a complex world by Sir Martin Rees
     2002 - Towards freedom from hunger by Professor M S Swaminathan  
     2001 - Commerce and Culture in the Late 20th Century by Professor Charles Saumarez Smith  
     2000 - A Global Ethic - A Challenge for the New Millennium by Professor Hans Küng  

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Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA, is President of the British Academy, which is the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. He is also Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. From 1986 to 2007 he was  Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford.

He was born in Penrith, England, on 29 August 1940. His first degree was at Oxford University in Modern History. He is married with two grown-up children, and lives in Oxford. His interests include rock-climbing and general mountaineering; also cycling.

His main teaching and research interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations.

Member, UK Defence Academy Advisory Board (DAAB), 2003– . Member of the Council, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 2002–8.  Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

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7 June 2011

Reinventing the Wheel: The cost of neglecting international history
Sir Adam Roberts

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