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

Talks throughout the week | See below for details

Last year the History Festival launched 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.

An 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 continue on the opening day of this year’s festival, Monday 22 June, with the next seven talks, covering the age of Science and the Arts, the Glorious Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution, through to the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763.

Talks at the 2020 Festival

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 8
THE AGE OF SCIENCE AND THE ARTS

Patricia Fara Monday 22nd June 2020 – 14:00 – 15:00

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 9
THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION

Mark Goldie Tuesday 23rd June 2020 – 17:00 – 18:00

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 10
THE UNION

Christopher Whatley Thursday 25th June 2020 – 10:00 – 11:00

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 11
BRITAIN, FRANCE & THE WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION

Tony Claydon Thursday 25th June 2020 – 11:30 – 12:30

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 12
THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION

Alex Langlands Friday 26th June 2020 – 19:30 – 20:30

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 13
THE SOUTH SEA BUBBLE

John Turner Saturday 27th June 2020 – 15:00 – 16:00

BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY 14
THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR

Dan Snow Sunday 28th June 2020 – 18:00 – 19:00

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

Postscript