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Swords Reluctant: Max Pemberton, Max Waechter and the European Unity League

A talk by Professor Ulrich Tiedau, University College London

The European Unity League was created by Richmond resident Sir Max Waechter, who spent years touring Europe trying to bring the organisation to life. This talk will focus on Sir Max Pemberton’s 1912 novel War and the Woman, also known as Swords Reluctant – a little known aspect of the League’s publicity campaign. This talk will explore Pemberton’s semi-fictitious account of the League, what it can reveal about its significance, and assess the novel as an artefact in its own right.

Please note:

This event is being held in the Riverside Room, not the Museum.

The Riverside Room is in the same building at the Museum, but it is on the First Floor of the Old Town Hall - staff will direct you when you arrive for the event.

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