Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven is an Honorary Fellow and an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He previously taught Russian Studies at the London School of Economics for thirty-three years. His book Russia Against Napoleon won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Prix Napoleon. His previous book, Towards the Flame explores the end of Tsarist Russia.

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  1. 133. IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS: THE EMPEROR IN WORLD HISTORY
    133. IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS: THE EMPEROR IN WORLD HISTORY

    Empire and autocracy will be at the core of this talk as well as, in Dominic Lieven's opinion, the key to the Ukrainian crisis. For millennia much of the world was ruled by emperors: a handful of individuals claimed no limit to the lands they could rule over and no limit to their authority. They operated beyond normal human constraint and indeed often claimed a superhuman or divine authority. Professor Lieven is one of the greatest experts both on empires and on Russian history so will brilliantly bring to life a system of rule that has dominated most of human history, as well as some of history's grandest and most dismaying figures.

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