10 February 2010
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End
'Parisian Stories: Love And Oblivion in a Landscape of Power'
Colin Jones, Professor of History
How should we write the history of a city of such breathtaking, world-historical importance as Paris which also inspires intense feelings of attraction and seduction? Colin Jones will explore ways in which analysis of the broad political, social and cultural significance of the city may be combined with the very Parisian experience of being caught up in a world of one’s own.
Colin Jones works on the history of France, particularly the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, the history of medicine and the history of Paris. His Paris: Biography of a City (Penguin, 2004) won the Enid MacLeod Prize for Franco-British Understanding. He is Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Royal Historical Society.