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The English historian Ian Kershaw is one of the best connoisseurs and brightest explainers of European history in the 20th century. In his new book, he looks at it from the perspective of powerful people and their influence: To what extent did politicians determine the turbulent course of history with their decisions? How far were they driven by circumstances? What are the prerequisites for attaining power, and what qualities do political leaders bring to the table? In twelve portraits from Lenin to Helmut Kohl, Ian Kershaw explores the powerful figures of the 20th century who have shaped Europe for better or worse, fundamentally analyzing the possibilities and limitations of "strong" leaders.

Ian Kershaw
Ian Kershaw © Frank Hanewacker

IAN KERSHAW, born in 1943, is one of the most important historians of our time. Until his retirement, he was Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield; his large two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler is considered a masterpiece of modern historiography. Ian Kershaw has been honored with numerous awards for his services to historical research. In 1994 he received the Federal Cross of Merit, and in 2002 he was knighted. He has also published "Hitler's Friends in England" (2005), "Turning Points. Key Decisions in World War II" (2010) and "The End" (2013). The two volumes of his major history of 20th-century Europe, "Höllensturz" (2016) and "Achterbahn" (2019), are highly acclaimed bestsellers.

An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with DVA, the Thalia Bookstore and the Renaissance Theater.

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Renaissance-Theater Berlin