So get there early! The three lectures will be delivered by Robert Darnton, who is currently on the faculty
of Harvard University. The lectures are to be delivered on Monday, January 6, 2014; January 7 & January 9. They concern the Ancien Régime
of France, British Imperial India
, and Communist Germany
. The latter is of course not only the most recent, it will also one suspects be the most relevant for the majority of the audience, but it may have a few surprises.
Did you realise for instance that there was no such thing as censorship in East Germany? Only planning!
Robert Darnton's most unusual book though not necessarily his most significant is The Great Cat Massacre
, which no doubt he will discuss in his first lecture.
Censorship is always a hot topic nowadays, but for those who have not studied its historical development and who live within easy travelling distance of the British Library, these three lectures should provide an informal introduction. It is not clear if there will be a question and answer session after the lectures, but that is usually the case.