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18:00 - 19:00 27 November 2013

The Intellectual Consequences of the First World War


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Peter Clarke FBA, University of Cambridge, A former Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Peter Clarke began his academic career as a Lecturer at UCL, and is one of the leading historians of modern Britain. He is the author of more than ten books including the best-selling 'Hope and Glory: Britain, 1900-2000'

In the aftermath of the First World War, John Maynard Keynes suddenly became famous as the author of a polemical book, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, holding Lloyd George particularly responsible for the defects of the Versailles peace treaty. The title of this lecture alludes to this well-known controversy and seeks to explore a wider clash of ideas. For the fraught relationship between the two men had its origins in the war itself, when they had taken opposed views about the economic constraints on mobilisation for a new sort of total war. Some of the intellectual consequences were to be seen later - sometimes in paradoxical ways - when Keynes and others developed new lines of thinking about the state's role in mobilising the economy in both peace and war.

This public lecture is being held in memory of Professor James Henderson Burns (1921-2012) and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Wilkins North Cloisters.


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