Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-45

24 September 2021

Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-45

Join Richard Overy as he re-evaluates the Second World War and offers a radically new way to view this imperialistic conflict.
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Description

The Second World War is one of the most discussed historical events in history. For decades, historians and authors have argued and dissected its causes, its outcomes and its wider impact.

In this exciting talk, Richard Overy will break open how the imperial nature of this conflict has been almost completely overlooked. He will delve into the build-up and expansion of empires and how this culminated in one of the costliest wars in human history.

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About the speaker

Richard Overy was educated at Cambridge University. He has subsequently taught at Cambridge, King’s College, London and the University of Exeter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the British Academy. In 2001, he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare.

Overy is the author of several historical works including The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945, The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars and 1939: Countdown to War.
 

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