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Waterloo: the first NATO operation?

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  • UserProfessor Brendan Simms, POLIS and Peterhouse
  • ClockMonday 11 May 2015, 17:00-18:00
  • HouseTheatre, Peterhouse.

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The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has recently called for the establishment of a European army. The former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Bramall, has called Waterloo ‘the first NATO operation’. As our continent faces urgent challenges to the south and east, and we mark the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, the lecture will explore its complex legacy for the present day.

The speaker, Brendan Simms (matric 1989), has been a Fellow in history at Peterhouse since 1993, and is Professor of the History of European International Relations. He is the author of Europe the struggle for supremacy, 1453 to the present (Penguin Press, 2013), and – most recently – of The longest afternoon. The 400 men who decided the battle of Waterloo (Allen lane, 2014), a study of the King’s German Legion and its legendary defence of the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte.

This talk is part of the All POLIS Department Seminars and Events series.

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