The Pursuit of Power. Europe, 1815 – 1914

07 November 2018, 19:00
Richard J. Evans
As part of the series "Zur Sache..." – Authors in the Staatsbibliothek

Richard J. Evans | © Dumbletons Photography

Richard J. Evans | © Dumbletons Photography

Series "Zur Sache..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

About the event

"The Pursuit of Power" creates an extraordinarily rich and entertaining panorama of 19th-century Europe. Between 1815 and 1914, the continent was undergoing drastic transformation with overwhelming cultural, political and technological changes. What was seen as modern in one decade appeared old-fashioned in the next. Huge cities sprang up and new European countries were created. Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since.

Richard Evans shows European history from the top and from the bottom, explores the multiplicity of developments and finds a unique way of explaining Europe now and then.

Moderator: Dr. Joachim Käppner, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Personal information

Born in 1947, Richard J. Evans was professor for modern history at Cambridge University from 1998 to 2017, and was appointed Regius Professor in 2008. He is the author of ground-breaking publications on German history of the 19th and 20th century and on National Socialism. Among the awards he has won are the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the Medal for Art and Science of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

About the series

"Zur Sache..." / "To the point..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the C.H.Beck publishing house, the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA), the publishing house Antje Kunstmann and the dtv publishing house, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

Information overview

Date07 November 2018, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationPlease register by e-mail to or by calling +49 89 28638-2115

Reserved seats need to be occupied 15 minutes before the start of the event at the latest.

By participating, you declare your approval of possibly being seen on recordings which will be used within the scope of the public relations work of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
AdmissionAdmission is free.
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