Roger Scruton

Speaker: Dominic Sandbrook

Topic: Appeasement Reassessed: Hitler, Chamberlain, and the Road to the Second World War 

Venue: Vinson Lecture Theatre

Time: 18:30-19:30 Friday 15 September

Talk Summary:

DOMINIC SANDBROOK, co-presenter of The Rest is History, the world’s most listened-to history podcast, historian of twentieth-century Britain and best-selling author, is in conversation with SIMON HEFFER. Among other historical events and topics, they will discuss the appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and Heffer’s controversial reappraisal of Neville Chamberlain in his new book Sing as We Go: Britain between the Wars, published this month.

Dominic Sandbrook is one of the leading historians of twentieth-century Britain, and the author of a five-volume history of modern Britain, the latest of which is Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982. He is also writing a series of best-selling books for children and young adults – Adventures in Time – as well being co-presenter of the phenomenally successful podcast, The Rest is History.

Simon Heffer is one of Britain’s leading commentators, journalists and historians. His latest book is Sing as We Go, the fourth and final volume in his critically-acclaimed sequence of books – High Minds (2013), The Age of Decadence (2017) and Staring at God (2019) – charting the history of Britain in the century from the accession of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of the Second World War. His three-volume edition of the diaries of Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon has met with universal acclaim.