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At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Durham's Louis Allen and the History of a Battle

25th February 2020, 17:45 to 19:00, Durham Gala Theatre

Speaker: Professor Tarak Barkawi (Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science)
Often written and consumed by veterans, military history is too close to its own subject matter. In his seminal history of the Burma campaign in which he served, Louis Allen sought clarity through exacting reflexivity and the archives of his former enemies. Between the first and second editions of his Burma: The Longest War 1941-45, he became embroiled in a dispute with veterans of the Battle of Sangshak. The story of this dispute guides us through some of the ways in which history is a continuation of war by other means.

Tickets are free but booking is recommended; please contact the Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600 or visit Please note a small number of tickets will be available at the venue on the night of the event.

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