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Jonathan Fenby

Crucible: Thirteen Months that Forged Our World

Jonathan Fenby

Sunday, 7 April 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Former editor of the Observer Jonathan Fenby argues that the world we know today was shaped in 13 pivotal months between 1947 and 1948.

Fenby says these 13 months saw the opening of the Cold War, the beginning of the demise of the British Empire with the birth of republics in India and Pakistan, the fight for freedom from colonial rule in Vietnam, Indonesia and others, the creation of the state of Israel, the flight of Palestinian refugees, the first Arab-Israeli war, the victory of Communist armies in China, arrival of apartheid in South Africa, division of Korea, major technological change and the rolling-out of the welfare state. Fenby explains how a cast of historic characters forged the modern world from Truman, Marshall and Stalin to Attlee, Bevin, de Gaulle, Mao Zedong and Bun Gurion.

Fenby is a former editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post. He is author of several books including On the Brink: The Trouble with France and Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the China he Lost. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur for his contribution to understanding between Britain and France.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden