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Summer School 2021

When did World War II begin?

WHEN DID WORLD WAR II BEGIN?

Keith Gottschalk, academic, University of the Western Cape

Sometimes a simple question elicits a complicated answer: When did WWII start? For most English-speakers their school history books and handed down family reminiscences will incline them to one date. This lecture will argue the case for considering WWII to have started on each of at least six different dates, which span a whole decade and three continents. The lecture will also look at a little-known connection with a man who later became the University of Cape Town’s Vice-Chancellor.

The lecture will next ask: On which date did WW2 end? The answer to this is even more complicated, covering two continents and a decade.

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

Date: Friday 15 January
Time: 11.15 am
COURSE FEES R75