The modern view is that we can’t judge the actions of others in extremis, so what can we learn from Marshal Petain, Heinrich Himmler’s masseuse or the Mata Hari of the Orient? Bob Carr discusses collaboration with writer Ian Buruma (live stream) and historian Julian Jackson.
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Ian Buruma was born in the Netherlands. He studied Chinese at Leiden University and cinema at Nihon University, Tokyo. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and New York. He is a regular contributor to Harper’s and The New Yorker and writes monthly columns for Project Syndicate and Bloomberg. He is a professor at Bard College and lives in New York City.
Julian Jackson is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Queen Mary University of London and one of the foremost experts on twentieth-century France. His De Gaulle won the Duff Cooper Prize and Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, among other awards, and was a New Yorker, Financial Times, Spectator, Times, and Telegraph Book of the Year. His most recent book is France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain.
Prof the Hon Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in the history of New South Wales and served as Australia’s Foreign Minister. Since leaving politics Bob has led a distinguished career as a defacto diplomat, author and academic. He is the author of Thoughtlines, My Reading Life and Diary of a Foreign Minister and his political memoir Run for Your Life.