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A Warning from History

 Explore the challenges facing nations and societies today, through the lens of history and the remarkable book Darkness over Germany, republished in English for the first time since 1945. 

 

Inspired by her Christian faith, the book's pioneering author, Amy Buller, explored the hopes and fears of people engulfed in the rise of fascism in Germany during the 1930s. She sought to understand how ordinary people were so vulnerable to an ideology with divisive and ultimately catastrophic consequences.

 

Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History delivers a timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite. With themes of populism, nationalism and extremism and the lessons we can learn from the events of the 1930s in Germany, to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

 

11.00am Friday 16th February 2018

Speakers

Edmund Newell

Edmund Newell has been Principal of Cumberland Lodge since 2013. A priest in the Church of England, he was previously Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and founding Director of St Paul’s Institute, and Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Before his ordination, Ed was a Research Fellow in Economic History at Nuffield College, Oxford. His publications include (with John Reynolds) Ethics in Investment Banking and (with Sabina Alkire) What Can One Person Do?, a theological response to the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and a contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.

Kurt Barling

Kurt Barling is a Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary-maker who built a reputation working at the BBC from 1989 until 2015 covering alternative narratives in the mainstream media.  

Kurt gained a first class degree in Languages and Politics before graduating with a Masters and PhD from the London School of Economics where he began his career as an expert in International Relations. 

He worked across News and Current Affairs for 25 years from, Assignment and The Money Programme to Today and Newsnight.  He was the Special Correspondent for BBC London News from 2001-2014.  Kurt is author of 4 books including the latest published in Germany this year called Darkness over Germany, the book described by the Times as an "eloquent polemic" in 2015 - The R Word: Racism and a revelatory book on the security services role in sheltering Abu Hamza from scrutiny in the early noughties. 

Kurt’s research interests include the importance of AI to the future of journalism and the role of alternative narratives in shaping national identity.

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