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Book Talk - Hitler's American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany's March to Global War

19 Oct Hitlers American Gamble copy

The Centre for Grand Strategy invites you to a book talk with co-authors, Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge and Charlie Laderman, Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London. Simms and Laderman will discuss their book, Hitler's American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany's March to Global War (Hachette Book Group, 2021), which provides an account of the five most crucial days in twentieth-century diplomatic history: from Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor to Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States.


About the authors:

Professor Brendan Simms - Professor of the History of European International Relations. Professor Simms is an expert on European geopolitics, past and present, and his principal interests are the German Question, Britain and Europe, Humanitarian Intervention and state construction. He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the Faculty of History. His MPhil course on the History European Geopolitics (co-taught with Dr Charlie Laderman) uses scenarios as part of the teaching and learning process. He has supervised PhD dissertations on subjects as diverse as Intervention and State Sovereignty in the Holy Roman Empire, Sinn Fein, the American colonist and the eighteenth-century European state system, the Office of the UN High Representative in Bosnia, and German Civil-Military relations. Professor Simms is a frequent contributor to print and broadsheet media. He has advised governments and parliaments, and spoken at Westminster, in the European parliament and at think-tanks in the United Kingdom, the United States and in many Eurozone countries. The Centre for Geopolitics is designed to draw together all these interests.


Dr Charlie Laderman is Senior Lecturer in International History. He is part of the core team responsible for directing the Centre for Grand Strategy. Before joining KCL, he was a research fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he remains a senior research associate. In 2016–17, he was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin and in 2021-22, he was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Throughout his time at KCL he has worked to apply deep historical knowledge to contemporary political concerns. He has published articles on global affairs in The Wall Street JournalForeign Policy, The Washington Post, History Today and The New Statesman, among other publications, and provided commentary for the BBC.

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Charlie Laderman

Charlie Laderman

Senior Lecturer in International History

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