July 6, 2014

Prosperity On The Edge: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914 - Vernon Bogdanor

Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, (25 April 1862 – 7 September 1933), better known as Sir Edward Grey, Bt, was a British Liberal statesman. He served as Foreign Secretary from 1905 to 1916, the longest continuous tenure of any person in that office. He is probably best remembered for his remark at the outbreak of the First World War: "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time". Ennobled as Viscount Grey of Fallodon in 1916, he was Ambassador to the United States between 1919 and 1920 and Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords between 1923 and 1924.
Vernon Bernard Bogdanor, (born 16 July 1943) is Research Professor at the Institute for Contemporary British History at King's College London and Professor of Politics at the New College of the Humanities. He is also Emeritus Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. He is one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts and has written extensively on political and constitutional issues. He supports both the British monarchy and the adoption of proportional representation.

Professor Bogdanor's most famous former student is the current Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron whom he has described as "one of the ablest" students he has taught, whose political views were "moderate and sensible Conservative".
Video Title:  Prosperity On The Edge: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914 - Vernon Bogdanor. Source: hhYouTube. Date Published: April 13, 2014. Description:
Original lecture: 26 September, 2013 (iTune)

Legatum Institute: Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace'