Aleppo: A Warning from History?
Thursday 30 March 2017
Oxford Martin School: Lecture TheatreVenue
Decorated historian of France and the Middle East Dr Philip Mansel describes the rise and fall of Aleppo – the great city that is today the focus of the tragedy unfolding in Syria.
Mansel describes a once great city where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and has been ruled by the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. Mansel’s work is the first history of Aleppo in English. He outlines the UK’s connections with Aleppo and explains why we would should care so much about its downfall.
Mansel is a historian of France and the Middle East. He has lived in the Middle East and frequently visited Aleppo. His other books include histories of other great cities of the Middle East including Constantinople and Istanbul, Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut. He is a winner of the London Library Life in Literature Award and is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.