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Hannah Arendt and the Ancients

One of the most original figures of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) still exerts a profound influence on political thinking today. Her work on revolution, action, totalitarianism, or “the banality of evil” continues to animate debates about democracy, about Israel and Palestine, about feminism and about the nature of political participation - she has even been the subject of a recent film. Miriam Leonard, Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at UCL, discusses the inspiration that Arendt’s critique of contemporary politics found in antiquity.
12 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

1914: What Historians Don’t Know about the Causes of the First World War

Publication date: Mar 04, 2014 12:21 PM

Start: Jun 18, 2014 12:00 AM

18 June 2014
This roundtable of internationally-renowned scholars will ask what we still do not know about the causes of the First World War.


18 June 2014


German Historical Institute
Seminar Room
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

The majority of lectures and conferences marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be examining why the conflict occurred, concentrating on particular sets of events leading to war or on different aspects of the war’s course, character and consequences. By contrast, the emphasis of this roundtable discussion – and claim to originality – will be on continuing areas of uncertainty in the historical account of the outbreak of war: it will show how key decisions are still ‘unexplained’, allowing a variety of interpretations. This roundtable of internationally-renowned scholars will ask what we still do not know about the causes of the First World War.


Chair: Mark Hewitson (UCL)

Please email Dr Mark Hewitson to register.