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Past EventsSunday, February 26

David Abulafia and Philip Mansel: Aleppo

Philip Mansel
Chair: David Abulafia

This event took place on Sunday 26 February 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

Philip Mansel chronicles the history of Syria’s first capital city, vividly describing Aleppo as a pinnacle of cultural and economic power. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo, a once vibrant world city, famous for its food and music, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in relative peace and harmony. Presenting many first-hand accounts for the first time, Mansel’s portrait is a poignant testament to a city shattered by Syria’s civil war. In conversation with David Abulafia.

Experience the event as it happened:

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Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel is a historian of courts and cities, and of France and the Ottoman Empire. He was born in London in 1951 and educated at Eton College, where he was a King’s Scholar, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History and Modern Languages. Philip Mansel lives in London, travelling to Paris, Istanbul and elsewhere for research, conferences and lectures.

David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History and Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His book The Great Sea won the British Academy Medal in 2103.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy (elected to its Council in 2015), and he is a Member of the Academia Europaea. He is now writing a history of the oceans for Penguin Books, reaching back into the ancient and medieval periods to see how and with what results the oceans became connected through long-distance trade.  

 

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