Festival talks by Peter Frankopan

96. THREE WORLD WARS

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The story of the First World War usually begins in Sarajevo in June 1914. The backdrop to the Second lies firmly in the beer halls of Munich and the heart of Berlin. In this talk, internationally best-selling historian Peter Frankopan explains how it can be helpful to look beyond the familiar to see how Asia provided an important context as the world burst into conflict twice in the first half of the 20th Century, and warns that we need to be paying careful attention to what is going on outside Europe if we are to enjoy peace in the first half of the 21st.

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94. THE CHALLENGE TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY: THE LONG VIEW

Revolution is in the air. The political centre is being challenged and the far right is rising once more. Is this as sinister as the rise of fascism and totalitarian states in the 1920s and 1930s, or is a better comparison 1968? Should we be optimistic for liberal democracy or is it facing the death-knell? Drawing on history, our panel discusses this highly important question.

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