Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and presents Free Thinking on Radio 3. His latest book is China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival.

The Age of the Demagogue
“Strongman politics are ascendant”, Barack Obama wrote recently: “The politics of fear and resentment… is now on the move”.  From America to China, from Europe to Brazil, in India and across the Middle East, ‘macho’ leaders are very much in fashion. So why is the strongman proving so attractive to so many, and will the fashion be a passing one? Our panellists debate the character traits, neurology and behaviours of the political strongman – as w...
Demagogues and Philosophers
Double Bill Offer: Book for the Jewish Book Week events in Hall One and Hall Two tonight – ‘The Age of the Demagogue’ at 7pm and ‘Great Philosophers and Where They Went Wrong’ at 8.30pm – for the special price of £24. At 7pm our panel of experts on politics and economics examine why the world seems to be falling for the charms of strongman leaders, and at 8.30pm Ferdinand Mount examines some of the greatest ideas and thinkers in world history, and explain...