Fri, March 30, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
What was it like to be alive and well in Oxford in 1956, when Khrushchev and Bulganin were greeted by students chanting 'Poor Old Joe' to the tune of the Volga boat song, when Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal Company, when Britain, France, and Israel invaded Egypt? Lord Halifax, in the citadel of privilege, learning and influence of All Souls College, remarked that the problem was the Prime Minister's obsession: Anthony Eden had always had 'a thing about dictators'. In view of HaRoger Louis is the author or editor of some thirty books, the most recent of which is Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez and Decolonization (reviewed in the current issue of the New York Review of Books). He has given Chichele Lectures at All Souls in 1990, 2002, 2003, and 2006. A past President of the American Historical Association, he is the director of the AHA's National History Center. He is a member of the Scholar's Council at the Library of Congress and the Chairman of the Historical Advisory Committee of the US Department of State. Much more important and to the point, as director of British Studies he pays the penalty of having to give a lecture himself when there is a cancellation in the program.