Should Historians be More Political?

Dr Perry Gauci (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
James Barr (Author, Historian)
Philip Decker (MPhil, International Relations)

Angeliki Myrillas-Brazeau (DPhil, History)

When: Thursday, 28th February, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5.15pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford

Speaker Bios

Dr. Perry Gauci is a fellow at Lincoln College. He completed his B.A. in modern history at Lincoln College, and an M.Phil and D.Phil in early modern history at Brasenose College. He has since worked at the History of Parliament Trust and the Centre of Metropolitan History (University of London). Dr. Gauci has published extensively on the political and social development of the English state from 1650 to 1750, emphasizing the role of local and regional circumstances on wider-scale social and political change. He is currently Tutor in Modern History at Lincoln College.

James Barr is an author and historian of the modern Middle East. He completed an M.A. in modern history at Lincoln College and has since worked in politics, international relations and commercial enterprises. He has been a visiting fellow at St. Antony’s College and run his own research consultancy business. James is the author of A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that shaped the Middle East (2011), Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain’s Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918 (2007), and Lords of the Desert: Britain’s Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East (2018). He is currently a visiting fellow at King’s College London.

Philip Decker is pursuing an MPhil in International Relations with a concentration on Russian propaganda and soft power in Western Europe. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a major in history and minors in political science and German studies. He has worked for the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., the American Council on Germany in New York, and Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF) in Potsdam. Philip has presented at a number of conferences in the United States and Europe, has received several research grants, and has published opinion pieces in U.S. News and World Report.

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