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Speaker(s): Professor Norman Stone
Chair: Maurice Fraser

Recorded on 4 May 2011 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Joined to Europe by geography and linked to it byhistory and trade, can politics overcome religious and cultural differences so that Turkey ceases to be Europe's 'Other'?

This event celebrates the publication of Turkey: A Short History| published by Thames & Hudson.

Norman Stone was born in Glasgow in 1941, and is a British academic, historian and currently a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara. He is a former Professor at the University of Oxford, a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and adviser to Margaret Thatcher.

He graduated with First Class Honours in History from Cambridge University in 1962, and following his undergraduate degree he did research in Central European History in Vienna and Budapest. Upon completion of his secondary degree, he was offered a research fellowship by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he later became an Assistant Lecturer in Russian and German history and full Lecturer in 1973. In 1971, he had transferred to Jesus College as Director of Studies in History. In 1984, he accepted the position of Professor of Modern History at Oxford University until 1997, when he left to teach at the department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara.

Between 1987 and 1992 he published a regular column for the Sunday Times and contributed to other new services including the BBC and the Wall Street Journal. During this time, he also became Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy adviser on Europe, as well as her speech writer.

He has written many books including The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (1975); Hitler (1980); Europe Transformed 1878-1919 (1983), Czechoslovakia: Crossroads and Crises, 1918-88 (1989); The Times Atlas of World History (1989); The Other Russia (1990); World War One: A Short History (2007), The Atlantic and its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War (2010).

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