SPECIAL PROJECT – BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 1603-2016

Talks throughout the week | See below for details

This year the History Festival is launching a major new five-year project threading together the different strands of Britain’s story.

It has never been more relevant to understand the rich and varied history of the British Isles.  Why are we the nation we are?  And why do we have the cultural and ethnic mix we do?

The answers, of course, lie in our rich and varied past and so we are aiming to thread together many of the different strands of Britain’s story together in a series of thirty-five talks,  downloadable podcasts, and chapters, which will, in 2023, combine into a single-volume book published by Bantam Press.

One copy of the book will be donated to EVERY secondary school in the country.

A very eminent body of historians has been assembled
to curate this very exciting project:

  • Professor Ali Ansari – School of History, University of St. Andrews
  • Chris Culpin – Historian, former Teacher, CVHT Trustee
  • James Holland – Historian, Broadcaster, CVHF Chair and Programme Director
  • Dr Clare Jackson – Broadcaster & Senior Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
  • Professor Margaret Macmillan – Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University
  • Dan Snow – Historian & Broadcaster

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY will be launched on the opening day of this year’s festival, Monday 24 June, with an introductory talk by Ali Ansari and followed by the first seven talks, covering the reign of James I & VI, the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the emergence of new political and religious thinking, right through to the Restoration.

Talks at the 2019 Festival

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY, AN INTRODUCTION

Ali Ansari Monday 24th June, 3.30pm

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JAMES VI AND I: RELIGION AND STATE

Clare Jackson Monday 24th June, 5pm

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CHARLES I

Leanda de Lisle Tuesday 25th June, 2pm

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THE WAR OF THE THREE KINGDOMS

John Adamson Thursday 27th June, 2pm

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FREE MEN, LEVELLERS AND JOHN LILBURNE

Ted Vallance Thursday 27th June, 8.45pm

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REGICIDE AND REPUBLIC

Clare Jackson Friday 28th June, 2pm

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THE AGE OF CROMWELL

Micheál Ó Siochrú Friday 28th June, 3.30pm

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THE RESTORATION

Kate Loveman Sunday 30th June, 3pm

For each subject in the Thread of History, we have chosen among the very best historians and communicators to be a part of this incredible story.  Their podcasts accompanying essays will be available to download later in the year.

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BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 1603-2016

Chapter Outlines

Introduction – Ali Ansari

  1. James I & VI – Religion & State
  2. Charles I
  3. The War of the Three Kingdoms
  4. Free Men, Levellers & John Lilburne
  5. Regicide & Republic
  6. The Age of Cromwell
  7. The Restoration
  8. The Age of Science & the Arts
  9. The Glorious Revolution
  10. The Union
  11. Britain, Europe & the War of Spanish Succession
  12. The Agricultural Revolution
  13. The South Sea Bubble
  14. The Seven Year’s War
  15. The Rise of Empire
  16. The Americas
  17. The Growth of British Naval Power
  18. The Peninsular War
  19. Waterloo & the Treaty of Vienna
  20. The Industrial Revolution
  21. Rotten Boroughs & Reform
  22. The Abolition of Slavery
  23. Empire in the Age of Victoria
  24. The Indian Mutiny & the Raj
  25. The World’s Largest Empire
  26. Edwardian Britain
  27. The First World War
  28. Britain & Social Change
  29. Britain & the Middle East
  30. Britain & Europe
  31. The Second World War
  32. Britain at Home & Abroad – the New Order
  33. The Sixties & Seventies
  34. Britain, Europe & the Changing World

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