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Alumni Evening - Friday 6 June 2014, 6.30pm for 7.00pm

Publication date: Mar 22, 2014 05:15 PM

Start: Mar 22, 2014 06:30 PM
End: Jun 06, 2014 09:00 PM

Location: Terrace Restaurant, Wilkins Building, UCL

Professor Kathleen Burk will speak on "What caused the First World War — and was it worth it?".  This event is in the Terrace Restaurant, Wilkins Building. 

Professor Burk taught at UCL for many years before retiring in 2011 and she was consistently one of the most popular teachers in the department. A small army of PhD students, many now in academic positions around the world, have been trained by her. A graduate of Berkeley and Oxford, Professor Burk is one of the most esteemed historians of diplomatic relations in the world. She is the author of books on the First World War and of a prize-winning and best-selling book on Anglo-American relations ("Old World, New World"), as well as books on banking and on financial crises. She was a student and more recently a biographer of A.J.P. Taylor.

Professor Burk also has a scholarly and personal interest in wine about which she has written numerous articles and a deliciously witty book. She blogs at wineprofessors.com. This event will combine wine with intellectual stimulation in equal measure. Professor Burk will talk about recent controversies over the causes of the First World War — from Michael Gove's complaints that teachers don't celebrate a British triumph to Niall Ferguson's controversial claims that the British decision to go to war in 1914 was wrong-headed and unnecessary. Professor Burk recently appeared on the BBC programme 'Pity of War' discussing Professor Ferguson's vision of the Great War. In this lecture, she will cut through the polemics and the propaganda and explain how the war came about and why Britain felt it had to be fought.

Wine and nibbles will be provided and we will be joined by current and past members of staff. Professor Stephen Conway will speak briefly about our alumni network and developments in the department. Final year history undergraduates will also be invited, and this will provide the opportunity to find out about the latest happenings at UCL and how our students are finding their studies. Friends and partners are very welcome. Please join us (no RSVP required).

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