Christopher Clark (AU)

International Authors' Stage

Monday 29 February 2016 at 19:00 The Queen's Hall
Christopher Clark. Foto: University of Cambridge

Christopher Clark is an Australian researcher and author. He occupies the most prestigious chair as Regius Professor of History at Cambridge University. In The Queen's Hall, Clark will lecture on and discuss his much-discussed book ‘The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914’ (2012).


The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

In a review in New York Times Harold Evans wrote in 2013:

“The brilliance of Clark’s far-reaching history is that we are able to discern how the past was genuinely prologue. The participants were conditioned to keep walking along a precipitous escarpment, sure of their own moral compass, but unknowingly impelled by a complex interaction of deep-rooted cultures, patriotism and paranoia, sediments of history and folk memory, ambition and intrigue. They were, in Clark’s term, ‘sleepwalkers, watchful but unseeing, haunted by dreams, yet blind to the reality of the horror they were about to bring into the world.’ In conception, steely scholarship and piercing insights, his book is a masterpiece.”

Here in Denmark, Per Nyholm wrote in Jyllands-Posten:

“Clark, one of our great historians, writes so powerfully that one feels oneself placed at the government tables in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris and London. His message: Not only Germany but all the players of the time, with their blend of existential angst, provincialism and rabid nationalism, provoked the First World War and thereby the many disasters of the 20th century.


Niels Arne Sørensen

The conversation with Christopher Clark in The Queen's Hall is with Professor Niels Arne Sørensen.

Niels Arne Sørensen has a PhD in history and holds a position in the Department of History at the University of Southern Denmark. As a historian, Niels Arne Sørensen mainly concerns himself with the Americanisation processes in Denmark, the consumption of the past, historiography and, in particular, the First World War and the history of its impact on Europe. Organised in cooperation with The German Embassy in Denmark.

Arranged in collaboration with the German Embassy in Denmark.

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