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An Oxford World War II Conference

Program No. 21453RJ
Immerse yourself in the story of WWII in Oxford, where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the outbreak of the war through lectures and expert-led speaker discussions.
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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3,499
Flights start at
1,000

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Sep 3 - Sep 10, 2023
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Sep 3 - Sep 10, 2023
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At a Glance

On September 1, 1939 the threads of an increasingly tense web of international relations began to snap as German forces crossed the Polish border. One year later armed conflict was again in full swing across the world, with no end in sight. We invite you to join distinguished scholars and historians in Oxford, England for a historic conference event, the seventh in Road Scholar’s World War series. Delve into the origins, outbreak and early stages of the Second World War with leading experts at the conference.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing up to 2 hours on some field trips.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Renowned experts, historians, authors, professors and broadcasters impart insights into the events of the Second World War with special focus on 1941.
  • Lectures focus on the events of 1941; the war in North Africa, the struggle against the U-Boats, and the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • Speakers will discuss the events of the war on land, sea and in the air, as well as daily life on the home front.
  • Enjoy the ambience of an Oxford College at St Hugh's, including dinner in hall, receptions and gala dinner and a gin tasting with John Harris.

General Notes

This conference program has a maximum of 120 like-minded participants, is classroom-based and features acclaimed experts. For field trips, the group will be divided into smaller groups.
Featured Expert
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Spencer Jones
Dr. Spencer Jones is a senior lecturer in armed forces and war studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and currently serves as regimental historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. His interest in history focuses on the British Army, the Boer War and the First World War. He is the author of several books, including “From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902-1914” and “Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Spencer Jones is a senior lecturer in armed forces and war studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and currently serves as regimental historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. His interest in history focuses on the British Army, the Boer War and the First World War. He is the author of several books, including “From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902-1914” and “Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914.”
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Annette Barton View biography
Before becoming a group leader, Annette worked in the Economic Development Department in a UK local government post, which took her to many countries in Europe and beyond. After taking early retirement, she lived and sailed in the Mediterranean for a few years before joining Road Scholar. In the following two decades, she has led groups in at least 18 countries, visited 24 countries as part of a world voyage and has assisted at international conferences.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Duel: The Eighty Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler
by John Lukacs
Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis
by Ian Kershaw
Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man
by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
The Battle of Britain: Five Months which Changed History
by James Holland
The Peace That Never Was: A History of the League of Nations
by Ruth Henig
The Lights that Failed: European History 1919-1933
by Zara Steiner
Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality and Hitler’s Lightning War – France 1940
by Lloyd Clark
Britain, France and Belgium 1939-1940
by Brian Bond
France 1940: Defending the Republic
by Philip Nord
The Triumph of the Dark: European History 1933 – 1939
by Zara Steiner
First to Fight: The Polish War 1939
by Roger Moorhouse
Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris
by Ian Kershaw
When the Children Came Home: Stories of Wartime Evacuees
by Julie Summers
Strange Defeat
by Mark Bloch
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
by Andrew Roberts
Winston Churchill dominates our view of the history of Britain in the twentieth century - the brash, brave and ambitious young aristocrat who sought out danger in late Victorian wars, the mercurial First Lord of the Admiralty who was responsible for the Dardanelles disaster in 1915, the Home Secretary who crushed the General Strike in 1926, the Colonial Secretary who rode with T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell at the Pyramids, the Chancellor who took the country back to the Gold Standard and then spent more than ten years in the political wilderness - and who, finally, was summoned to save his country in 1940. 'I felt that I was walking with destiny, and all my life had been but preparation for that hour.' Andrew Robert's titanic new biography interprets all these events, especially Churchill's leadership during the Second World War, which he sees through the prism of all Churchill's earlier life. He gives full visibility to Churchill's flaws, and brilliantly explains his genius. Roberts has used over forty collections of papers not available to Churchill's previous biographer Roy Jenkins (2001) and he is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access by the Queen to the private diaries of King George VI. This is the Churchill biography for our times and the next generation.
The Third Reich in Power
by Richard Evans
The Coming of the Third Reich
by Richard Evans
Anatomy of a Campaign: The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940
by John Kiszely
1939: Countdown to War
by Richard Overy
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
by Martin Gilbert
The Republic in Danger: General Maurice Gamelin and the Politics of French Defence, 1933-1940
by Martin Alexander
When Britain Saved the West: The Story of 1940
by Robin Prior
Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
by Tim Bouverie
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Reception, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oxford
D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The college is within walking distance of central Oxford and Summertown, North Oxford with its cafes, restaurants, pubs, and shops. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Arrivals continue. Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will facilitate your educational content, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. Due to the high profile nature of many of our speakers, most will be confirmed by the time of the first set of Preparatory Materials, however there may be changes due to reasons beyond our control. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following the meeting, we invite you to join us for a welcome reception with wine.

Dinner: Served dinner with wine, coffee, tea, and water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Lectures Begin
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room, we'll choose from a breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water, and fruit juices.

Morning: We'll begin our lectures. Details of lectures and themes will be advised nearer the program date entitled

Lunch: In the dining room, we'll have a 2-course lunch with coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Lectures continue

Dinner: In the dining room, we'll enjoy a 3-course dinner with coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure, or join Dr Spencer Jones for informal discussion.

DAY
4
Lectures Continue
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We will gather for two more morning lectures.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Lectures continue.

DAY
5
Lectures Continue
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Our lecture series continues

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: After dinner this evening, we’ll join John Harris for an expert-led drinks tasting.

DAY
6
Lectures continue.
Oxford
B,L
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Morning lectures

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
7
Final Day of Lectures
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: For our last day of lectures. T

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue with the closing lecture by Dr. Spencer Jones.

Dinner: A gala dinner with wine served in the dining room. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Oxford
B

Activity note: College check-out 10:00 a.m. See your program's "Transportation Information" regarding transfers.

Breakfast: In the dining room. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to Heathrow Airport for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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