‘Fly-Fisher in Politics?: Sir Edward Grey, Portrait of Britain’s Chief Diplomat on the eve of World War One.’
Talk to be held at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, The Old Debating Chamber, 6.30 pm – 8 pm, Thursday 15th February 2018
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War. As part of this commemoration Professor is of Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia T.G. Otte will speak about the life and times of Sir Edward Grey. This Liberal politician is now remembered largely as Britain’s Foreign Secretary when ‘the lights went out all over Europe’ in the summer of 1914. His diplomatic record remains contested as to whether he could have helped avoid the coming war or whether he had done all within his own powers to prevent it. In the last few days before Britain declared war Sir Edward was at the very heart of attempts to prevent the conflict.
From David Lloyd George’s crafty deception perpetrated in his wartime memoirs to more recent revisionist historians, writers have sought to blame Grey for the outbreak of the First World War. This talk will offer a fresh perspective on Grey’s stewardship of Britain’s foreign relations but also on him as a key figure in the Liberal party from the 1880s to the 1920s.
The talk will be of significance not only to those interested in the history of this period but also to those who study or have an interest in diplomacy
Keywords: Diplomacy, Sir Edward Grey, David Lloyd George, Europe, British foreign policy, First World War, First World War, Liberalism.
T.G. Otte is Professor of Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. He is a well respected historian who is frequently called upon as a public speaker and with the media. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, among them July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914 (CUP, 2014) and (ed.), The Age of Anniversaries: The Cult of Commemoration 1895-1925 (Routledge, 2017). Professor has just completed the first modern full-length biography of Sir Edward Grey.
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The talk is supported by Lloyd George Society