Does anything remain from the myth of charismatic political leaders? More than you think!

Professor Frank Uekötter, Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Birmingham, presents the latest in a series of Contemporary History Interventions.

This week’s video discusses the war in Ukraine, political leadership, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky, Boris Johnson, Winston Churchill, Jacinda Ardern, Kamala Harris, and Sarah Palin, through the lens of Max Weber’s essay ‘Politics as a Vocation’ and Archie Brown’s ‘The Myth of the Strong Leader’.

Professor Uekötter teaches on our postgraduate MA Contemporary History degree, designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major outlines of recent world history, along with a wide choice of specialised modules to suit your own interests. This programme approaches contemporary history through issues and problems with vital on-going importance, including environmental politics, information technology, post-colonial migration, internationalism and empire.

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