Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture

Harry Ranken was a graduate of the University of Glasgow and a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Before the Great War he was a distinguished expert in tropical diseases. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for ‘gallantry in the face of the enemy’ during the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914.


Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2022-23

Thursday 13 October 2022, 5.15 - 7pm

In the Humanities Lecture Theatre

Professor Peter Wilson: A Genius for War? Reflections on German Military History 1500 to the Present

Professor Peter Wilson is the Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford. His work examines the impact of war in European and World Development as well as the history of the Holy Roman Empire. Professor Wilson has published extensively on these subjects. His most recent books include Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500; Lützen: Great Battles and The Holy Roman Empire. A Thousand Years of Europe’s History.

Watch the recorded lecture:


Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2021-22

Rebecca Donner: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days  

Thursday 5 May 2022  

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler became an instant New York Times bestseller and has won a dazzling array of prizes including the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2022 PEN America/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award. A deeply researched fusion of biography, espionage thriller, and scholarly detective story, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days was named a Best Book of 2021 by the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2022

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2020-21

The 2020 Harry Rankin Memorial Lecture was held virtually, and in two parts. Our speaker, Professor Joanna Bourke, offered a pre-recorded a lecture (available below), which was followed by a live Q&A session.


Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2020

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2018-19

The Peacemakers and the Challenge of International Order in 1919
Professor Georges-Henri Soutou - Institut de France
17 January 2019

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2019

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2017-18

The inaugural 2017 Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Sir Hew Strachan on "The US entry to the First World War: Centennial reflections'.

Harry Ranken Memorial Lecture 2020-21