Wednesday, 4 May 2005, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Britain and Germany: from ally to enemy

Professor Kathleen Burk

As France was the traditional enemy, Germany was the traditional ally, a relationship tightened by royal links. Then, in the late nineteenth century, Germany demanded 'a place in the sun'?, which required colonies and a navy larger than Britain's. The resulting diplomatic revolution at the turn of the century resulted in the two countries facing each other as sworn enemies during two world wars.

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Kathleen Burk is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London, columnist and radio panellist. She is the author of several distinguished scholarly books on the US and its interventions in the rest of the world, and a definitive biography of A J P Taylor. Kathleen’s most recent book, a history of England and America from 1600 to the present, which covers political, social, and economic history, Old World, New World was published by Little Brown. Professor Burk's main interests lie in Anglo-American relations, something she focussed on during her time as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.

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

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4 May 2005

Britain and Germany: from ally to enemy
Professor Kathleen Burk

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