Six more moments in which a single human choice, a single encounter of individuals, a battlefield or laboratory surprise, all can direct men and women on a much different course than everything preceding would imply, and understanding such instances gives a deeper and better sense of the whole nature of the past and how we make sense of it. This second group of lectures on this theme looks at two deflection points in the American and French Revolutions; Napoleon's death; the 1840s revolutions in Rome; the new geometry and Victorian thought; and a flashpoint in the imperial struggle in Africa.
A ten-item bibliography will be provided for convenient reference or further study, but lecture attendees are not required or expected to make use of it.
October 25:Common Senseand its Impact
November 1: The Assault on Traditional Clerisy in the French Revolution
November 8: The Death of Napoleon
November 15: A Pope Caught in Revolution
November 22: Non-Euclidean Geometry Puts All in Doubt