Festival talks by David Owen

78. CABINET’S FINEST HOUR: THE HIDDEN AGENDA OF MAY 1940

THE CHURCHILL LECTURE
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Drawing on documents and minutes of the British War Cabinet meetings of May 1940, former Foreign Secretary David Owen will reveal the passionate debates within the Cabinet that prevented Britain from seeking a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany. He will explain how the post-war denial of the existence of these debates have had far-reaching consequences for Britain’s foreign and defence policy to this day.

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72. SPLENDID ISOLATION: THE LONG VIEW

Britain is leaving the European Union and will be on her own again. Through history, Britain has always had close links to her continental neighbours but only in recent times has been tied quite so closely. Does it matter that we will soon be unshackling ourselves? What can history tell us about our chances of maintaining our prosperity and global influence?

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