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Forthcoming Talks

The First Entrepreneurs

In many ways the spirit and mind-set that motivated and guided early pirates is not too dissimilar from that which influences those operating in the ruthless world of business today. Whether with cutlass or fountain pen, men were driven by the imperatives of profit and plunder. This talk looks at the golden era of piracy; the high seas, the Spanish Main, pieces of eight, and will suggest that the real story of pirates may have been even more bizarre and dramatic than the Hollywood version we are familiar with.

A History of the First Crusade

It was not today or yesterday that western powers embarked on ill-advised military adventures in the middle east. This talk considers the background to, progress and aftermath of the campaign that in many ways marked the beginning of the long and tangled conflict between east and west, the First Crusade. Then, as now, the motives of the participants and justifications for conflict were often misrepresented and remain widely misunderstood.

A History of War Correspondence

Thankfully, very few of us will ever experience a war, and there are now few people alive with a memory of World War Two, much less earlier conflicts. Thus for most of us our understandings and images of conflicts current and historical depend very heavily on the accuracy, impartiality and objectivity of those who report them first hand. But just how impartial or accurate is this reporting? Have conflicts always been accurately reported, or are there patterns of deception and misrepresentation discernible in the ways in which conflicts were reported in the past, and are those misrepresentations still with us today?

The Great Famine in Ireland
In terms of deaths per head of population there has never been a famine in all of recorded history as destructive as the Great Famine in Ireland. That this famine occurred at a time when Britain was enjoying unparalleled economic strength and wealth still shocks us today. This talk will explain the causes and progress of the famine, its economic and social effects, and try to explain the reasons for the inadequacy of the response. It will also look at how we represent and respond to famine today, and ask if in 200 years time our response will be seen as equally inadequate.

Mutual development from Napoleon to World War One

All infantry tactics essentially consists of maneuvering so as bring greater firepower to bear on the enemy then he on you. The tactics adopted at any given historical point are based primarily on the capabilities and limitations of the main infantry weapons of the day. However, when this is not the case, disaster ensues. This talk considers the growing gap that began to emerge between tactics, and what weapons were capable of, a gap that was left unaddressed and which led directly to the senseless slaughter of the Great War.