All alumni who read History, or read History in a joint honours course, are asked to hold the date of Saturday 19 February 2022, 11am to 5pm, when we will be holding a subject reunion at LMH.
History Fellows Grant Tapsell and Michael Broers, as well as current students, will be present. The day will be a great opportunity to meet with contemporaries and other fellow History alumni across the years. The reunion has special significance since Professor Broers will be retiring in September after eighteen years as a Fellow of the college.
A buffet lunch will be held in the Dining Hall, and we are planning talks and events, in which we hope to involve alumni along with current tutors and students.
Professor Broers will deliver the lecture for the day: 'Biography-ing Napoleon. The pratfalls of biography.'
Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford and will retire in September 2022, eighteen years after joining LMH as fellow and tutor in History. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has built a reputation as one of the world's leading scholars of the Napoleonic era, writing a number of prize-winning books, including The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814: Cultural Imperialism in a European Context? (2005). He has spent much of the last decade researching and writing what has become a three-volume biography of Napoleon: Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny (2014); Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age (2018); and Napoleon: The Decline and Fall of an Empire: 1811-1821 (forthcoming, 2022). This is the first major biography to benefit from a new edition of Napoleon's personal letters by the Fondation Napoleon, and February 2022 will be an excellent moment to step back and consider this achievement in the round.
Full details of the programme will be shared in due course when booking opens.