History Guest Lecture: Professor Robert Gildea

18th Feb 2011 - 4:00pm

Edge Hill University

‘Mai 68 Then and Now’

One of Britain’s leading historians will be spearheading a debate on the controversial subject of ‘protest’ during a guest lecture at Edge Hill University.

Professor Robert Gildea is the author of several influential books on 20th century French history and his talk on Friday 18th February entitled ‘Mai 68 Then and Now’ will look at the events of 1968 and after through the eyes of French activists he recently interviewed, reflecting on comparisons with protest today.

A Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, he is also Fellow of Worcester College and was recently elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, which makes him one of the most senior academics in the country.

Well-known for his many student textbooks, his best-selling book Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation 1940-1945 won the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. He gave a public lecture in France at which many members of the audience expressed outrage at his suggestion that life in France was not as badly affected by the German occupation as is usually assumed.

He is currently co-ordinating a team of 14 historians from across Europe on a research project entitled Around 1968: Activism, Networks, Trajectories.

The talk, which is open to the public, starts at 4pm in room H2 within the Faculty of Health building on the Ormskirk campus.