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First Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History:


The Society for the Study of French History

and

The Institute of Historical Research, London

present:

Professor Julian Jackson (Queen Mary University of London): 'The Century of Charles de Gaulle' (24 November 2010, Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, IHR).


When the distinguished professor of French History at University College London, Douglas Johnson (1925-2005), died, it was said that it had been his life's work to help the British to understand the French and the French to understand Britain. That serves as the mission of this Annual Lecture, sponsored by the Society for the Study of French History, named in his honour.

Its subject is more than appropriate to the first occasion of the lecture. Professor Johnson was the first British historian to be able to explain Charles De Gaulle's political principles in ways that the British could understand. November 2010 is also a significant double anniversary: 120 years from his birth and 40 years from his death.

Professor Julian Jackson, who is beginning work on a major new biography of the General, explains that only now can we begin to evaluate those principles and his achievement more broadly in the context of the 'Century of Charles de Gaulle'.

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Professor Julian Jackson

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Subsequent Lectures:

The Second Douglas Johnson Annual Lecture:
The Society for the Study of French History and The Institute of Historical Research, London present:
Professor Richard Thomson (Edinburgh University), 'New Wine in Old Bottles: Adapting and Abusing Tradition in French Visual Culture, 1880-1910' (January 2012).
[details and podcast of event]


The Third Douglas Johnson Annual Lecture:
The Society for the Study of French History and The Institute of Historical Research, London present:
Professor Ruth Harris, (New College, Oxford), 'Rolland, Gandhi and Madeleine Slade: Spiritual Politics, France and the Wider World' (January 2013).
[details and podcast of event]

The Fourth Douglas Johnson Annual Lecture:
The Society for the Study of French History and The Institute of Historical Research, London present:
Professor Andrew Knapp (University of Reading), 'Bombing and Memory: Britain and France, 1940-1945' (January 2014).
[details and podcast of event]

The Fifth Douglas Johnson Annual Lecture:
The Society for the Study of French History, the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and The Institute of Historical Research, London present:
Professor John Horne, (Trinity College Dublin), 'Myth or Model? The French Revolution in the Great War' (January 2015).
[details and podcast of event]

 

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