Michael Burleigh at Richmond Festival of Literature

Michael Burleigh at Richmond Festival of Literature
  • Riverside Room, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond upon Thames, TW9 1TP
    Riverside Room, Old Town Hall
    Whittaker Ave Richmond upon Thames, TW9 1TP UNITED KINGDOM
  • 16/11/2017 19:30 - 16/11/2017 21:00


Since the end of the Second World War it has been widely assumed that the western model of liberal democracy and free trade is the way the world should be governed. However, events in the early 21st century -the 2003 war with Iraq and the financial crash of 2008 - have threatened the general acceptance that continued progress under the benign (or sometimes not so benign) gaze of the western powers is the only way forwards. And as America turns inwards and Europe is beset by austerity politics the post-war consensus looks less and less secure. But is this really the worst of times? In a forensic examination of the world today, acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh sets out to answer that question, in his new book, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Who could have imagined that China would champion globalisation and lead the battle on climate change? Or that post-Soviet Russia might present a greater threat to the world’s stability than ISIS? And while we may be on the cusp of still more dramatic change, perhaps the risks will - in time - bring not only change but a wholly positive transformation.

Michael Burleigh is one of our most distinguished historians and a regular contributor to national newspapers and periodicals as well as a regular broadcaster. He is the author of The Third Reich and Small Wars, Far Away Places.