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WWII with Antony Beevor and Max Hastings

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 11 June 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses how World War II still grips the public imagination. No other period in history has presented greater dilemmas for both leaders and ordinary people, and in two sweeping accounts Max Hastings and Antony Beevor discuss the power politics at play, ideological hypocrisy, egomania, betrayal and self-sacrifice. Juliet Gardiner discusses how military history has been largely replaced by social history, as the lives of those who lived through war and its aftermath take centre stage. And for this year's Reith Lectures, Niall Ferguson questions whether the Western world, in the aftermath of WW2 and the Cold War, has become so in thrall to its institutions of democracy and the rule of law that it can no longer find solutions to today's crises.
Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Antony Beevor is a historian and author.

    'The Second World War' is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

    Antony Beevor

    Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

    'All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945' is published by Harper Press.

    Max Hastings

    Juliet Gardiner is an author and historian.

    Juliet Gardiner

    Niall Ferguson is a historian and Harvard professor.

    'The Reith Lectures' will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Tuesday mornings at 9.00am for four weeks starting on 19 June, with repeats on Saturday evenings at 10.15pm.

    Niall Ferguson


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