The Damascus Events: the 1860 Christian Massacre and the Reconstruction of Damascus.

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 15th March 2024

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Reading School

Description: Lecture to be given by: Professor Eugene Rogan, St Anthony's College, Oxford. "The Damascus Events: the 1860 Christian Massacre and the Reconstruction of Damascus." In the summer of 1860, a violent mob stormed the Christian quarters of Damascus, killing five thousand and levelling churches, homes and workshops in eight days of carnage. In this lecture Eugene Rogan of St Anthony’s College, Oxford and one of the foremost historians of the Arab world, examines the underlying causes of the violence, as social and economic changes gave rise to a genocidal moment – and the measures taken by the Ottoman authorities to restore law and order, re-house the surviving Christian community, and to restore Damascus to vitality. The relevance of the Damascus Events extends to the challenges faced in present-day Syria, and to all societies that have come back from the brink of genocide.

How to book: No booking required. But contact sexton44@gmail.com for plan and postcode of Reading School site and gate code, if you do not already have them.

Price: £3 - Free to HA members and Associates

Email: sexton44@gmail.com

Organiser: HA Reading Branch

Lecturer: Professor Eugene Rogan, St Anthony's College, Oxford

Region: South-East England

Branch: Reading

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