Professor Spence will explore the impact of the Treaty of Utrecht - 300 years after its creation - and other major treaties, and of the role of diplomacy.
This is a part of the 2013 City of London Festival. The other lectures at Gresham College are as follows:
The Plane Forest: Does the City have the Right Trees?
Poetry of War
The Tree of Life
Stravinsky, Britten and the Lure of the Classical Period
Professor Jack Spence OBE is based at the War Studies Department at King's College London. He was educated at Pretoria Boys' High School, South Africa; the University of Witwatersrand; and LSE. He has lectured at a variety of Universities in Britain, South Africa and the United States and was Professor of Politics and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester (1973-1991). He was employed as Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (1991-1997). He has been teaching in the Department of War Studies since 1997 and has specialised in a Post-Graduate course on Diplomacy. Professor Spence was awarded an OBE in 2003.