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28 June 2017
Academy Hall, Domplein 29, Utrecht

Utrecht Historical Lecture Series: Christopher Clark ‘Time of the Nazi’s: Past, Present and Future in the Third Reich’

On Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 8:00 PM Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, will give a lecture in the Utrecht Historical Lectures series. There is a limited number of seats available, so please register here to attend

The title of Clark’s talk is ‘Time of the Nazi’s: Past, Present and Future in the Third Reich’. Drawing upon research he did for his latest monograph, still to be published, prof. Clark will shed some light on the way the national socialist regime viewed time and temporality in their quest to power. By using the concept of ‘chronopolitics’, he will analyse the relationship between time and social change, and will investigate how the Third Reich came up with notions of transition and revolution to underpin their attempts of social engineering. Underlying the dictatorship’s vision of its place in time was a radical rejection of history, and a flight into deep continuity with a remote past and a remote future. In projecting this temporality the Third Reich was – in comparison with other European totalitarian experiments far more distinctive than current studies have acknowledged.

Christopher Clark is an Australian historian, working in England. He has been a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge Unversity since 1991 and was knighted for his services to Anglo-German relations in 2015. Among his many works, The Sleepwalkers. How Europe went to war in 1914 and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 feature as award winning and bestselling studies.

Date and time: 28 June 2017, 8:00 PM
Location: Academy Hall, Domplein 29, Utrecht