Scholarly and Social Meeting; Professor Miklos Lojko: Who Should We Fear Most? Fascists or Communists? The Secret British Debate in the Late 1930s.

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Nador u. 11
Hanak Room
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 5:30pm
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm
We are pleased to announce the second lecture of this semester in the series
"History Department Scholarly & Social Meeting"  taking place next
Tuesday, November 6, in Hanák Room, at 17:30.
Professor Miklós Lojkó will speak about:

Who should we fear most? Fascists or Communists?

The secret British debate in the late 1930s.


The decade preceding the outbreak of the Second World War saw some of the deepest divisions on the European continent. The centre, the east and the south succumbed to authoritarian or totalitarian rule while the west and north managed to hang on to parliamentary and civil government. Yet, old elites remained in charge where the institutions proved stable and new ones emerged in the most virulent dictatorships. The virtual absence of the United States from the world scene upstaged Great Britain and France in international affairs. Their elites were perplexed by the new dictatorships. As the threat of armed conflict intensified, the corridors, tea-rooms and secret correspondence sheets of the British Establishment came alive with animated disputes about the respective dangers posed by fascism and communism. What was the true nature of these regimes? Can we, in self-defence, appease one at the expense of the other? My lecture introduces current research into the deliberations of a western elite about ideologies they struggled to comprehend.
17:30 - 18:15: Presentation by Miklós Lojkó.
Place: Hanák Room (Nádor 11, 2nd floor)
18:15 - 18:50: Discussion
19:00 - open end: Drinks and informal meeting of students and faculty.
Place: TBA

The Scholarly-Social Meetings, a joint student-faculty initiative, combine lecture series with after-hours integrative event. The aim of the Scholarly-Social Meetings is to provide insights into the work undertaken at our department and, no less importantly, to bring our students and faculty together in a more informal way, building up an academic community beyond the day-to-day scholarly activities.

All faculty, students and staff are welcome!
We are looking forward to seeing you all,

Nadia Al-Bagdadi        

(Head of Department)
Matthias Riedl
Jan Bröker
Francesco La Rocca