Liberation Literature Lecture Series

The inaugural lecture of the Liberation Literature Lecture Series took place at Clare Hall on 14 November 2017 and was delivered by Professor Julian Jackson, Professor of Modern French History and Head of the School of History at Queen Mary University of London. On the day of the inaugural lecture, the University Library hosted a pop-up exhibition of books selected from the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Literature Collection.

Professor Julian Jackson discussed in his inaugural lecture, ‘De Gaulle at the Liberation’, several historical perspectives: ‘De Gaulle was a voice before he was a face. For four years between 1940 and 1944, the French people had known him only through his broadcasts on the BBC - or through the vilification of Vichy propaganda.  This made him a kind of blank sheet which the French could project their aspirations, fear and expectations on to. The Liberation was the moment of truth when for the first time the French encountered their ‘liberator’ in flesh and blood. This lecture explores the ambiguities of this moment of truth.’

Listen to ‘De Gaulle at the Liberation’ lecture here.




Professor Robert Tombs, Professor Julian Jackson and Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey

Professor David Ibbetson

Professor Julian Jackson

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey