Thursday 25 April at 7:15 pm in room 114 in the Library
Sponsored by the History Dept, University Libraries, the Center for Judaic, Peace, and Holocaust Studies, and Mr. Bill Rhinehart
Dr. Susan Dabney Pennybacker, Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History at UNC Chapel Hill
"Exile and refuge in postwar, late-empire London"
Thousands of political exiles from parts of the former British empire arrived in London after the Second World War. Many sought long term refuge from conflict abroad; others sought zones of advocacy and a return. What did they contribute to British political culture and to life in the great metropolis of empire? This talk explores a few lives that form part of a larger project on London exile: those from South Africa and India---skilled activists who often led others. London served as a shifting and elusive host—the seat of Cold War intrigue and persistent imperial ambition, while at the same time a place of cosmopolitan opportunity and social-democratic aspiration.