with Serhii Plokhy & Christopher Clark / chaired by Tom Wright
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Powerful empires seem invincible... until they fall. What causes great global empires to recede, or even vanish? Two of the world’s leading historians Serhii Plokhy and Christopher Clark have analysed the demise of great empires in masterful publications including Serhii’s The Last Empire on the collapse of the Soviet Union and Christopher’s Iron Kingdom on the fall of Prussia. They discuss the characteristics of empires past and assess the vulnerabilities of today’s imperial powers.
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Christopher Clark is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He is the author of books including The Politics of Conversion, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Iron Kingdom, and his latest book The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 was named as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year and won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History.
Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University. He has published in English, Russian and Ukrainian as well as having taught in Canada, Ukraine and the USA. His bestselling book Chernobyl: the History of a Tragedy won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction 2018. His latest book, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II was published in October 2019.
Tom Wright is a theatre writer, best known for his adaptations and translations, and is the host of the Adelaide Festival’s Breakfast with Papers.