New Statesman Debate
SOLD OUT - This house believes that we are living through a new 1930s

The rise of populist politics, the spread of nationalism and the reprise of rascism, a depression, a banking crisis, a split in the Labour party – echoes of the 1930s are everywhere in today’s politics. But should we take seriously the parallels with the climate that produced a devastating world war – or is the analogy an alarmist one that ignores the huge leaps forward society has taken in the late 20th and early 21st century?

Speaking for the motion

Sarah Churchwell Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London and author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Philippe Sands Professor of Law at the University of London and author of the prize-winning East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Daniel Zeichner is the MP for Cambridge and the Shadow Minister for Transport.

Speaking against the motion

John Bew Author of Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee and Professor in History and Foreign Policy at King’s College London

Margaret MacMillan Professor of International History at the University of Oxford and author of books including, most recently, History’s People: Personalities and the Past

David Runciman Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and author of books including The Confidence Trap and Political Hypocrisy Chaired by Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor, New Statesman

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