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Lecture and discussion in English.
Professor Ian Kershaw
British historian and author
Great Britain and Europe: a difficult relationship
The lecture tries to describe both the “long” and the “short” way to Brexit. It shows the ambivalence of the famous Churchill speech in Zurich in 1946 and the ambivalence of British attitudes towards post-war Europe, looks at the causes of British aversion to the European Community (later the European Union), and explains how, out of permanent subliminal aversion, a real Brexit climate has been successfully created in Britain only in the last few years. Finally, there is speculation about the consequences for the United Kingdom and the EU.
Ian Kershaw, born in 1943, studied at the universities of Liverpool and Oxford. He taught at the universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield until his retirement in 2008. He has published several books, in particular on German history during the Nazi era, including a biography of Hitler, and finally two volumes on Europe in the 20th century (“Höllensturz” and “Achterbahn”).