Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi: Forgotten Father of Europe

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Martyn Bond

Martyn Bond

Claudia Hamill

Claudia Hamill



Professor Simon Glendinning

Professor Simon Glendinning

In the turbulent period following the First World War the young Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi founded the Pan-European Union, offering a vision of peaceful, democratic unity for Europe. The Count’s commitment to this cooperative ideal infuriated Adolf Hitler, who referred to him as a “cosmopolitan bastard” in Mein Kampf. Martyn Bond’s biography offers an opportunity to explore a remarkable life and revisit the impetus and origins of a unified Europe. This event will explore Martyn's recent publication, Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard: Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and his Vision of Europe.

You can order a copy of Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard: Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and his Vision of Europe.

Martyn Bond is a former European civil servant and BBC foreign correspondent. He is the author of Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard: Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and his Vision of Europe, a biography of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, the founder of the Pan-European Union.

Claudia Hamill is the researcher and editor of Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard: Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and his Vision of Europe. In pursuit of the story, she travelled with Martyn Bond across Europe, researched and helped assemble the material, and edited the biography. Throughout her career Claudia has worked alongside many European Institutions. She has trained politicians to become MEP's, set up the European Parliament All-Party Disability Group, and was European & Overseas Director of The National Trust. She is a former Visiting Fellow at the University of Maastricht, a former Council Member at Chatham House, and is Senior Adviser to the European Forum of Manufacturing. 

Simon Glendinning is Professor in European Philosophy and Head of the LSE European Institute.

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