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When Adolf Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945, the following day his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. Professor Michael Jones' talk, based on his most recent book, After Hitler, examines the countdown to the development of a broader global European war and relations between the 'Big Three' - the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. This talk will explore the tumultuous story of the interaction of these great powers.
Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt and Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad and the battle for Moscow, as well as Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin. Most recently, he has co-authored with Philippa Langley The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III.
Drinks from 6:30pm
Talk at 7pm