Contemporary British History Seminar - Anglo-German Relations
16 October 2019, 18:00 to 19:30 Please note: this event has passed
King's Building, Strand Campus, London
Please note this event will be held in the King's Building Pyramid Room K4U.04
In this seminar Dr Helene von Bismarck will present a paper based on her recently published essay entitled Two countries in search of their role: a history of the Anglo-German Königswinter Conferences.
After attending the 2001 Königswinter Conference as an observer, the French author Dominique Moisi described it as ‘a sobering experience for any Frenchman’, because he felt that ‘London and Berlin have succeeded in creating a network of contacts that has no equivalent in either Franco-British or Franco-German relations’.
What had started as an experiment at the initiative of a handful of private citizens in post-war Germany, quickly turned into a permanent fixture of Anglo-German reconciliation and dialogue that has gone on to the present day. As such, ‘Königswinter’ is not only the name of a small town on the Rhine, but also of an institution that has both influenced and mirrored the relationship between Germany and Britain for almost seventy years.
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