The Pursuit of Power

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Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History

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Telling Lies About Hitler

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My latest book is “The pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914”, volume 7 in the Penguin History of Europe, which is published in the UK September and in the USA in November.

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Books In Print

In this fascinating and enlightening collection of...
A bullet misses its target in Sarajevo...
This book is a history of Europe from...
The Third Reich in Power unfolds the terrible
How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster
In 1900 Germany was generally viewed as one...
In April 2000 a High Court judge branded the...
Through the means of four powerful...
Under the onslaught of postmodernist theory...
British Historians and the European Continent
Why were nearly 10,000 people killed in six weeks in Hamburg

Information Directory

Career

Interview with Prof. Sir Richard Evan, Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Over the past seven years, historian and broadcaster...
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An essential guide to the most influential historians
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At Stirling University I taught and organised a
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I had the privilege of devising and teaching a
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Since its inception I have been a member of the
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I founded the UEA Research Seminar Group in
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Publications

In this fascinating and enlightening collection of...
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A bullet misses its target in Sarajevo...
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This book is a history of Europe from...
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The Third Reich in Power unfolds the terrible
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How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster
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In 1900 Germany was generally viewed as one...
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Lectures

Rapid polarization of politics in early-to-mid 1930s
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How the Third Reich was Ruled
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Nazi Foreign Policy Aims.
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Post-1918 nostalgia; Nazi contempt; return of nostalgia after 1945.
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Third Reich not just a dictatorship, also a Kleptocracy.
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Richard J Evans, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge
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Journalism

Europe’ Century of Peace and Progress
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London Evening Standard, 25 August 2016, p. 16.
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The Guardian Review, 6 February 2016, p. 3
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Wartime: Official Magazine of the Australian War Memorial, Summer 2016, pp. 10-16.
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Le Monde, global edition online, 17 October 2015.
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The Sun, 20 July 2015, p. 7.
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Conspiracy Theories: A Threat to...

16/06/2016

This lecture looks at recent and current research to come up with some surprising answers. Conspiracy theories seem to be everywhere nowadays, encouraged by the internet, and perhaps also by postmodern scepticism. But are they really more common than they … Continue reading

Lessons from the Past, Warnings ...

04/09/2013

The concluding lecture on The Great Plagues takes the example of HIV/AIDS and discusses how reactions to the epidemic mirrored those found in the social and cultural perception of earlier epidemics. As in earlier epidemics, sufferers have been ostracized, persecuted … Continue reading

The Great Unwashed

26/02/2013

Typhus, the subject of the fifth lecture in the series, was caused by a bacterium hosted by the human body louse, and has thus always been associated with dirty and overcrowded conditions and spread above all by armies marching across … Continue reading

Blue Funk and Yellow Peril

29/01/2013

‘Asiatic cholera’, which arrived in Europe in the early nineteenth century, was widely seen as Asia’s revenge on Europe for the extension of European empires in the East. During the nineteenth century governments reacted first by trying to establish quarantines, … Continue reading

The White Plague

27/11/2012

The third lecture in the series deals with tuberculosis, of all diseases the most widely represented in literature, opera and drama. The disease has been present in humans since prehistory and hence has a particularly long pedigree of representation in … Continue reading

The Great Pox

30/10/2012

The sexually transmitted disease syphilis is generally thought to have been imported into Europe from the Americas in the late fifteenth century as part of the ‘Columban exchange’, in which other diseases, notably smallpox, travelled in the other direction, with … Continue reading

The Black Death

15/09/2012

Bubonic plague first swept Europe in the age of Justinian, in the sixth century, killing an estimated 25 million people in the Byzantine Empire and spreading further west. Its most devastating outbreak was in mid-fourteenth-century Europe, when it destroyed perhaps … Continue reading

Decolonization: The End of Empir...

27/03/2012

European empires, re-divided after the defeat of Germany in 1918, continued to expand after the First World War, reaching their greatest extent in the early 1940s. The imperial ambitions of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany created new empires that turned … Continue reading

Exploitation and Resistance

28/02/2012

This lecture looks at the impact of empire on the colonizers and the colonized. In Europe, ideologies of imperialism emerged, increasingly mingled with racism. These had a material effect on the attitudes of political elites that helped push Europe towards … Continue reading

From Conquest to Control

24/01/2012

From the 1880s through to the First World War, European empires slowly imposed their control on the territories that in many cases existed merely on paper. This lecture asks how and why European powers embarked on this trajectory. Often, occupation … Continue reading

The Scramble for Africa

22/11/2011

In the early 1880s, informal imperial expansion gave way to formal imperial acquisitions. Between this point and the outbreak of the First World War, more colonial territory was acquired by European states than in the previous three-quarters of a century. … Continue reading