Festival talks by Sam Willis

44. THE STRUGGLE FOR SEA POWER: A NAVAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

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Sam Willis is one of our most exciting, charismatic, young historians. His book on the naval battle of the War of American Independence was a work of brilliant scholarship and in this talk he explains why, although Britain lost the war, the lessons learned helped the Royal Navy dominate the oceans for the next 150 years.

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41. HOW TO BE A HISTORIAN MASTERCLASS

Suzannah Lipscomb and Sam Willis are offering a very special masterclass: a morning spent with them debating, discussing, and learning about how to go about being an historian. They’ll range widely – from the general to the specific, thinking about what it means to be different types of historian – of naval history, of social history, of different centuries – and what the challenges and joys are of each. With tips about how to research as well as some of the latest academic thinking, this is a rare chance to spend time with some of the most dynamic and exciting young historians in the country.

12.30pm LUNCH (with wine) INCLUDED

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40. HISTORIES OF THE UNEXPECTED: CHALK AND VALLEYS

On the back of their hugely popular and successful podcasts, historians Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell will be getting together to talk about two highly topical subjects and their historical context: chalk and valleys. Brimming with titbits and oddities, they will both delight with their depth of discourse and dazzle with their delving into the days of yore.

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