Four leading historians and historical novelists came together to discuss how and why they write about history. An initial panel discussion will explored the differences between history and historical fiction, the importance of research, and the personal stories behind the books. This was followed by four smaller “book group” sessions, where participants discussed the book of their choice with its author.
Linda Colley – The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History
Helen Dunmore – The Betrayal
Max Egremont – Forgotten Land: Journeys Among The Ghosts of East Prussia
Kei Miller – The Last Warner Woman
Speaker: Professor Linda Colley, 2012 Visiting Deas Fellow in History and Society
The gradual world-wide spread of written constitutions after 1787 is conventionally linked with the rise of the nation state and with the growing allure of democracy. But, from the outset, these documents were also often instruments of empire and of international power and influence. Linda Colley discussed the reasons for this and the continuing global repercussions.
Internationally renowned for her work on Britain’s past, Professor Colley also writes for the Guardian, New York Times, and the London Review of Books. The talk was followed by a drinks reception.
Speaker: Dr. Faramerz Dabhoiwala
Dr. Faramerz Dabhoiwala is a Senior Fellow in History at Exeter College, University of Oxford. His exciting new book explains how and why the Enlightenment ushered in a modern culture of sex, whose principles of privacy, equality, and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.
Photos by Jamie Carstairs.