July 22: British Academy 10 Minute Talk: Art Historian, Professor, Writer, Spy – The Extraordinary Story of Anthony BluntHistorians in the News
tags: Cold War, British history, espionage, Lectures
In November 1979, Margaret Thatcher exposed the distinguished art historian Anthony Blunt as a former Soviet spy - part of the infamous Cambridge Spy Ring who traded secrets with Moscow during the Second World War. Blunt’s unmasking provoked a media outcry that turned him into a national hate figure. In this 10-Minute Talk, President of the British Academy David Cannadine discusses the background to this extraordinary story. And he reveals how the British Academy itself got caught up in the public furore, leading to a showdown at its Annual General Meeting forty years ago this month, on the question of whether Blunt should be expelled from its membership.
A Question of Retribution? The British Academy and the Matter of Anthony Blunt, edited by David Cannadine, will be published on 23 July 2020.
Speaker: Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President, British Academy; Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University
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