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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 University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer