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Christopher Brennan

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Christopher Brennan, lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a special interest in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Germany and the history of the Czechs. Though British, he grew up in south-western France. He obtained a BA in Modern Languages (German and Russian, plus Czech) at the University of Bristol and a Master’s in Slavonic Studies from Oriel College at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Brennan studied for a PhD at the London School of Economics on the subject of the collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the responsibility therefore of its last monarch, Emperor Karl I. He taught undergraduates for four years, with a one year hiatus in Paris lecturing American undergraduates on French history and on the history of Eastern European Communism. He has  written on the memory of World War I in the former Habsburg Empire and on the Balkan Wars. He authored chapters to two volumes on the collapse of Austria-Hungary and its aftermath and is now working on a biography of Karl I.

Upcoming Tours

A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $6,490
Aug 24, 2022 - Sep 7, 2022
Aug 28, 2023 - Sep 12, 2023

From the Czech Republic and Germany to Bulgaria
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Great European Journey

11-12 days | Starting at: $3,995
Jun 28, 2023 - Jul 9, 2023

A River Cruise and Train Trip from Holland to Switzerland Aboard Amadeus Imperial
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Treasures of the Alps: Swiss Trains and Italy's Lake District

14 days | Starting at: $7,292
Aug 10, 2023 - Aug 23, 2023
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