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Theodor Herzl: From Jewish Politics to Geo-Politics

6:30 pm, 16 June 2016

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Derek Penslar

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Thursday June 16th
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IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND

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This talk is about two interrelated questions: what did Theodor Herzl think about the world; and what did the world think about Herzl? Herzl was well-versed in global affairs, was on friendly terms with a number of European senior politicians, and over the course of his short Zionist career managed to meet monarchs, emperors, and the Pope. Although Herzl devoted the final decade of his life to Zionism he was deeply immersed in national, imperial and colonial politics, and that level of engagement does much to explain why he was able to gain access to, and at times leave a positive impression upon, some of the world's most powerful individuals.

Derek Penslar is Professor of Israel Studies at Oxford University.

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Drinks reception from 6.30pm in the Gavin de Beer room

Lecture 7pm in the JZ Young lecture theatre

UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

(just south of UCL main entrance, entrance on Gower Street)