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Clare Hall is pleased to host the launch of the inaugural Liberation Literature Lecture. This year's lecture will be delivered by Julian Jackson, Professor of Modern French History and Head of the School of History at Queen Mary University of London. His lecture is entitled: 'De Gaulle at the Liberation'. 

De Gaulle was a voice before he was a face. For four years between 1940 and 1944 the French people had known him only through his broadcasts on the BBC - or through the vilification of Vichy propaganda.  This made him a kind of blank sheet on to which the French could project their aspirations, fear and expectations. The Liberation was the moment of truth when for for the first time the French encountered their ‘liberator’ in flesh and blood. This lecture explores the ambiguities of this moment of truth.

Free event, booking essential.  BOOK HERE

Friends of the Library are welcome to arrive for tea and coffee from 5pm.

Accompanying this lecture will be a free pop-up exhibition from the The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection from 14:00 - 17:00 in the Milstein Seminar Rooms at Cambridge University Library. No booking is required for the display.

You can read more about the pop-up exhibition and lecture in this Special Collections blogpost.



Event speaker: 
Professor Julian Jackson
Richard Eden Suite, Clare Hall
Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
Booking required