Chalke Talk

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Chalke Talks for CVHFYEAR: 2014


  • 26. D-DAY: BY THOSE WHO WERE THERE
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    In this moving event to mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, two veterans of that campaign talk about their experiences with Stuart Tootal, former commander of 3 Para in Afghanistan. Fred Glover (1926-2020) was the only British infantryman known to have fought with the French Resistance while David Render (1925-1917) served with the Sherwood Rangers […]

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  • 34. THE DREYFUS AFFAIR
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    In this talk, best-selling author Robert Harris turns to one of the key scandals in French history, the Dreyfus Affair. Discussing this infamous miscarriage of justice that rocked France in the years before the First World War, he brings new insights to this world of secret service dealings, cover-ups and betrayal…

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  • 35. TEN CITIES THAT MADE AN EMPIRE
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    Historian, broadcaster and former Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt takes a new approach towards the history and decline of the British Empire. By examining the stories and defining ideas of ten of the most important cities, he shows how they transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles for good.

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  • 76. THE LONG SHADOW: THE GREAT WAR AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
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    Has history distilled the 1914-18 Great War to a national myth of personal tragedies? Critically acclaimed historian and broadcaster Professor David Reynolds seeks to redress the balance by exploring the true impact of that war on the twentieth century. He shows how subsequent world-wide events shape and reshape our attitudes to a conflict Britain is […]

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