There will be four Tudor lectures two on the political struggles between Crown and subjects. Stephen David, a Senior Lecturer at Adult Learning Wales, will review the many Tudor Revolts whilst Dr Lucy Wooding, Lincoln College Oxford, will focus on The Crisis of the Tudor Throne 1540-60. Professor George Bernard, University of Southampton, will address the contentious issue of When did England become a Protestant Country? Professor Steven Gunn, Merton College Oxford, will complete the Tudor section with a talk that will look at Accidental Death in Tudor Surrey. Professor Gunn has undertaken significant work on the wider study of causes of accidental death in Tudor times, as how people died gives an insight in how they lived and what were the common threats to their well-being.
As a precursor to this series, Professor Jonathan Harris, Royal Holloway, in looking at Byzantium and the Renaissance to gauge whether the Fall of Constantinople was a key trigger or just one of a number of factors leading to the questioning of traditional Medieval understanding.
The remainder of the programme focuses on the Twentieth Century. Dr Elisabeth Forster, University of Southampton, will discuss 1919 – The year that changed China but changed in a way that completely took contemporaries by surprise. Dr Taylor Sherman, LSE, will consider When does an empire truly end? Exploring India’s imperial ties in the decades after independence. The British left India on the 15th of August 1947, but the formal transfer of power did not immediately cut all the threads by which India had been woven into the vast tapestry of the British Empire. Her presentation will explore the many ways in which the empire lingered after it formally ended.
Dr Jonathan Hunt, University of Southampton, will review Aspects of American Foreign Policy in the Nuclear Age. Professor Tony Badger, the current President of the Historical Association, will address us on Donald Trump in Historical Perspective.
Calendar of Lectures
Tuesday 24 September 2019
‘Byzantium and the Renaissance’
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Harris, Professor of the History of Byzantium (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Tuesday 15 October 2019
‘1919 – The Year that Changed China’
Speaker: Dr Elisabeth Forster, Lecturer of Modern China (University of Southampton)
Tuesday 19 November 2019
‘The Tudor Rebellions’
Speaker: Stephen David, Senior Lecturer (WEA)
Tuesday 3 December 2019
‘When Did England Become a Protestant Country?’
Speaker: Professor George Bernard, Professor of Early Modern History (University of Southampton)
Tuesday 21 January 2020
‘Donald Trump in Historical Perspective’
Speaker: Professor Tony Badger, President of the Historical Association (University of Northumbria)
Tuesday 25 February 2020
‘Aspects of American Foreign Policy in the Nuclear Age’
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Hunt, Lecturer of Modern Global History (University of Southampton)
Tuesday 17 March 2020
‘The Crisis of the Tudor Throne 1540-60’
Speaker: Dr Lucy Wooding, Langford Fellow and Tutor in History (Lincoln College, Oxford)
Tuesday 28 April 2020
‘Accidental Death in Tudor Surrey: How People Died Reveals Much About How They Lived’
Speaker: Professor Steven Gunn, Professor of Early Modern History (Merton College, Oxford)
Tuesday 19 May 2020
‘When Does an Empire Truly End? Exploring India’s Imperial Ties in the Decades after Independence’
Speaker: Dr Taylor Sherman, Associate Professor, Department of International History (LSE)
Details of visits in 2019/20 will be announced later.