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How do wars end?

6:00pm-7:30pm on Monday 25 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

As regional conflicts spread, this panel discussion of experts will consider the big question of how wars end from a historical, political and cultural point of view. With Professor Sir Richard Evans from the University of Cambridge; Dr Uilleam Blacker from University College London; Professor Kristin Bakke from University College London and Professor Ayse Zarakol from the University of Cambridge.

Award-winning BBC presenter Chris Mann, a former Moscow correspondent during the Cold War, will chair.

Professor Sir Richard Evans is an historian of modern Germany and modern Europe, and has published over 20 books in the field, most recently The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1915 and Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History. He was President of Wolfson College from 2010-2017. He is the former Provost of Gresham College, City of London.

Ayse Zarakol is Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Emmanuel College. Her most recent book Before the West: the Rise and Fall of Eastern World Orders (2022) advances an alternative global history of world orders centred in Asia and interrogates the meaning of international decline. It has won six international book awards.

Dr Uilleam Blacker is one of Britain’s leading literary translators from Ukrainian and was on the judging panel of The International Booker Prize 2023. He is Associate Professor of Ukrainian and East European Culture at University College London and the author of Memory, the City and the Legacy of World War II in East Central Europe.

Kristin M. Bakke is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University College London (UCL) and Associate Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

*This event will be live streamed via the Cambridge Festival YouTube channel. Booking is only required if you plan to attend in-person. You can set up a notification for when we go live here:*

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: In person, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 300
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Full access
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