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An Oxford World War II Conference

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.
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Program No. 21453RJ
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8 days
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England

An Oxford World War II Conference

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
Starts at
2,999
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,999
Program No. 21453RJ

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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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Gain insight into the outbreak of the Second World War with renowned experts, authors, historians and broadcasters during a private conference in Oxford.
  • Enjoy the experience of studying at Oxford.
  • Join speakers for discussions of the military campaigns and political machinations of 1939 and 1940.

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.
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Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
by Tim Bouverie
First to Fight: The Polish War 1939
by Roger Moorhouse
Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris
by Ian Kershaw
The Peace That Never Was: A History of the League of Nations
by Ruth Henig
Britain, France and Belgium 1939-1940
by Brian Bond
The Lights that Failed: European History 1919-1933
by Zara Steiner
Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man
by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality and Hitler’s Lightning War – France 1940
by Lloyd Clark
The Duel: The Eighty Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler
by John Lukacs
The Republic in Danger: General Maurice Gamelin and the Politics of French Defence, 1933-1940
by Martin Alexander
Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis
by Ian Kershaw
When Britain Saved the West: The Story of 1940
by Robin Prior
When the Children Came Home: Stories of Wartime Evacuees
by Julie Summers
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
by Martin Gilbert
Anatomy of a Campaign: The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940
by John Kiszely
Strange Defeat
by Mark Bloch
The Battle of Britain: Five Months which Changed History
by James Holland
France 1940: Defending the Republic
by Philip Nord
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 Triumph of the Dark: European History 1933 – 1939
by Zara Steiner
The Third Reich in Power
by Richard Evans
The Coming of the Third Reich
by Richard Evans
1939: Countdown to War
by Richard Overy
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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 lecture entitled The Road to War 1919-1939 with Dr Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. We'll then take a refreshment break, followed by another lecture - "Appeasement" with Prof. Stephen Badsy.

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

Afternoon: After lunch, we have a lecture on The Maginot Line with Dr. Jonathan Krause.

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. The first is with Dr. Clare Hubbard-Hall on German Intelligence. After a refreshment break, our second lecture is The Fall of Poland with Alina Nowobilska

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue. This afternoon's lecture is by Prof. John Buckley on The War at Sea.

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 with "Blitzkrieg" with Prof. Matthias Strohn. After refreshments we follow with a tal;k by Peter Caddick-Adams on The Battle of France 1940.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue with a lecture by Lucy Betteridge-Dyson covering Dunkirk.

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: The first of this morning's lectures is by Spencer Churchill entitled Winston Churchill: The Darkest Hour. After a short break we continue with a lecture by Victoria Taylor on the Battle of Britain.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures continue with Britain and 1940: The Creation of a National Myth and it's Legacy with Prof. Mark Connelly.

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. The first is on the Blitz with Ruth Polling. This will be followed after a break by "Vogue" Evacuees and the Blitz by Julie Summers

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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