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Oxford and the Revolutionaries 1917-2017

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Wadham College, Oxford
Moser Lecture Theatre

**Please note this event has been cancelled.**

To commemorate the students and Oxford townspeople who were killed fighting in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, this panel discussion is being convened at Wadham College, Oxford. 

Panel contributors include:

Prof. Tom Buchanan, Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. Prof. Buchanan is one of the most authoritative voices on the British involvement in the Spanish Civil War. More recently his research and publications have focused on the British Left’s relationship to China in the mid-20th century.

Dr Connal Parr is a graduate from Oxford and gained his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Parr’s research has focused on the Protestant culture during the “Troubles” including interviews with some of the most notorious extremists from this period. He has also written on the Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War including those who fought for both the Spanish Republic and Franco’s nationalists.

Paul Crook was brought up in Communist China in the 1950’s and 1960’s and experienced the full ferocity of the “Cultural Revolution” when his father David Crook was arrested in 1967 for counter revolutionary offences.

David Crook, earlier in the century had been one of the first volunteers for the British Battalion of the International Brigade in Spain. He was seriously wounded at the first encounter with Franco’s forces at the Jarama valley in February 1937. At this battle a group of largely amateur English volunteers stopped Franco’s forces from encircling Madrid. Later while recovering from his wounds he was recruited by the Soviet Comintern to spy on Trotsky suspects. He spied on George Orwell while he was in Barcelona and spent time in a prison cell with Orwell. Paul brings very unique insight into his father’s motivation and the motives of young volunteers in the 1930’s.

Prof Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History from Oxford. His work is on French and European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His latest book on the French Resistance “Fighters in The Shadows” explores the myth of the French Resistance. His latest work tries to unravel the myths surrounding the Nazi occupation. He argues that the Resistance in France was part of a much wider Europe –anti fascist struggle and his work gives far more prominence to the role of women and the former International Brigaders in resisting the Nazi occupation.
Maxine Peak is one the U.K’s leading actress’s. She has been on the left of politics since her youth. She is currently the President of the International Brigades Memorial Trust (IBMT). Maxine‘s attendance will be confirmed nearer the date of the event.

Students and members of the public wanting to attend this event may want to listen to a recent local BBC Radio Oxford programme which features Prof Tom Buchanan. The programme gives an overview of the students and Oxfordshire people who fought in Spain.

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This event is supported by the Oxford University History Society. 

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Edward Ayers
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