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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
Chelsea History Festival

Join Brendan Simms as he examines the intense days between the attack on Pearl Harbour and Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States.

Based on Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman's new book: HITLER’S AMERICAN GAMBLE: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global War (Penguin Press and Basic Books; November 2, 2021).

Simms and Laderman's aim in the book is to show how this agonizing period had no inevitability about it and that innumerable outcomes were possible. Key leaders around the world were taking decisions with often poor and confused information, under overwhelming pressure and knowing that they could be facing personal and national disaster. And yet, there were also long-standing assumptions that shaped these decisions, both consciously and unconsciously.

Part of the Chelsea History Festival

World-class speakers will bring the past to life from the heart of London with over 70 exciting physical and virtual events 17 -26 September. 

Highlights include Jonathan Dimbleby and Andrew Roberts discussing Operation Barbarossa, Olivette Otele and Peter Frankopan considering the challenges of telling stories of people and places that are often overlooked, and a conversation between Iain Dale and Sir Anthony Seldon marking the tricentennial of the office of Prime Minister.  

The festival also features a number of exclusive pre-publication launches with Helen Fry, Robert Lyman and James Holland. 

Brand new for this year, step back in time with the immersive outdoor History Village and learn first-hand what life was like in Roman London or the First World War. 

Check out the full programme and book online. Prices range from free - £14. 

Discount Exclusive

For followers of the Centre of Geopolitics, we are pleased to offer a unique discount code CHF15 for 15% off tickets*.

This offer is valid only on full-price tickets. The offer does not apply to free events, walking tours, or to any events which include merchandise in the ticket price.

Book tickets here


Thursday, 23 September, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00
Event location: 
National Army Museum (Foyle 1)