Elisabeth Leake

Elisabeth Leake

Elisabeth Leake trained as a historian at Yale University and Cambridge, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2013. She then held a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, London, before taking up her present position as Associate Professor of International History at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan and The Defiant Border: The Afghan–Pakistan Borderlands in the Era of Decolonization.

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  1. 132. AFGHANISTAN: FROM THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR TO THE PRESENT DAY
    132. AFGHANISTAN: FROM THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR TO THE PRESENT DAY

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    In this discussion chaired by Tom Tugendhat, William Dalrymple and Elisabeth Leake will discuss the turbulent history of the past 200 years of this complex, ancient, culturally rich part of the world. They will explain why it has continued to suck in those who have no right to be there and become the scene of so many frustrated ambitions, and what the prospects are for this exotic but troubled corner of the globe.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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