Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, London
This epic narrative history recounts the stirring events that, over the past thousand years, have shaped the nations that surround the Baltic Sea, and now form parts of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Germany. It explores the ties of blood and commerce that connected them, and encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk. It follows the growth of autocracy, from Denmark’s absolutist kings to Frederick II of Prussia and Catherine the Great, charts the collapse of Poland in the late 18th century, and shows how the Age of Enlightenment rocked the monarchies. It records the threat posed by Napoleon to the Baltic, and the cataclysmic impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, which led to the radical reshaping of the region.
Caroline Boggis-Rolfe is a writer and lecturer. After receiving a BA in Italian from London University, she followed her husband to Berlin in 1969 where he worked for the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces. Their proximity and access to Iron Curtain countries piqued Caroline’s interest in the Baltic region, and she was able to visit Dresden, Leipzig, and Potsdam in the 1970s. Over the past ten years, Caroline has been a regular visitor to the Baltic as a guest lecturer.
The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14 June. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.