In 1831, The Royal United Services Institute was founded in London by the Duke of Wellington. It was the beginning of a period of rapid advance in the direction of democracy with fundamental constitutional reforms in France (1830), Belgium (1831) and Britain in the Reform Act of 1832. Nationalism also came to the fore in Europe with movements in Belgium, Poland, Italy, Bosnia and Greece among others challenging the treaties of 1815 and the integrity of the Ottoman Empire. Europe was essentially divided into two opposing diplomatic combinations; the Eastern Powers (Russia, Austria and Prussia) and the Western Powers (Great Britain and France).
Confirmed panelists include:
Christopher Lee, author of 'This Sceptred Isle', who is working on the British politics of the period
Professor Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History, Department of War Studies, King's College London
Professor David Kirkpatrick, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
Michael Codner, Director of Military Sciences and Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
In this lunchtime panel historians will consider the political environment and key personalities in Britain in 1831 and events that would shape the early debates of the United Services Institution, as RUSI was then known. Speakers will discuss the European context and crises in Asia, Africa and elsewhere in the world such as the Naning War in Malaya, the French conquest of North Africa and the First Ashanti War. The panel will also address the powers, role and influence obtained by the East India Company during this time.
An optional £10 sandwich lunch will be served from 1215.
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