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EXPERTISE
Adventure & Exploration
History - General
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
Peter was educated at the universities of Hull (BA), Carleton, Ottawa (MA) and Oxford (DPhil). He was awarded the Kingsley Prize for history at Hull, was Athlete of the Year at Carleton and Beit Senior Research Scholar at Oxford.

He has lectured in history in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States and was a history adviser to the United Kingdom's Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

Peter began his lecturing career as Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta before returning to England where he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. He was then appointed Head of History at the University of Sunderland where he subsequently became Associate Dean (Culture).

His interests include empire, exploration and travel and he has published on overseas empire.

Peter now lectures regularly on cruise ships. His aim is to both inform and entertain and he has been described in cruise reports as 'a great speaker and orator'.
TALK TITLES
1. The Age of Discovery (c1400-1600)
During this period Europe embarked on an astonishing process of exploration and discovery. The Age of Discovery connected the continents, laid the foundations of Europe's global power and had no parallel until space exploration in the twentieth century.

2. Ancient Greece and its Legacy
The civilization which flourished in Greece two and a half thousand years ago laid the foundations of western civilization. This presentation reviews the historical context of that remarkable world and considers some of the achievements - in the arts, science and politics - which created such an enduring legacy.

3. Australia: Convicts and Colonisation
This presentation focuses on the first hundred years of European settlement in Australia following Britain's establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales in 1788. It is an epic story of triumph over adversity as the settler communities transformed Australia from a prison in to a promised land.

4. Britain as a Great Power
This presentation examines the establishment of Britain's global dominance in the nineteenth century and considers its decline in the twentieth with a postscript on Britain's role today.

5. Britain, Egypt and Suez
Egypt's position as one of the world's crossroads was greatly enhanced with the opening of the Suez canal in 1869. This presentation focuses on the background to that development and on the turbulent relationship between Egypt and the world's greatest empire from the British occupation in 1882 to the Suez crisis of 1956.

6. The Making of the Modern Caribbean
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Caribbean was a 'tropical treasure house' and a cockpit of colonial conflict. This presentation considers how these rivalries, together with the rise of 'King Sugar' and the development of the Atlantic slave trade, transformed the West Indies and shaped today's Caribbean.

7. David Livingstone and Africa
Missionary, explorer, doctor, scientist and Victorian hero. This presentation explores Livingstone's dramatic life and his contribution to the 'Scramble for Africa'

8. English Explorers - Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook
This presentation explores the dramatic achievements of two of England's greatest maritime heroes. Sir Francis Drake, pirate and explorer, led the assault on Spain's American empire in the sixteenth century and was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Captain James Cook, history's greatest maritime explorer, redrew the map of the world in the eighteenth century.

9. The Fall of the Roman Empire
This presentation examines the glory that was Rome and considers one of history's great mysteries. Why did the ancient world's greatest empire fall to the Barbarian invaders?

10. The Fall of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire
The Ottoman Empire was one of the greatest in history. This presentation focuses on the last decades of the empire culminating in its collapse after the First World War and the emergence of modern Turkey. It also looks at the legacy of the empire and its central role in the 'clash of civilizations' between East and West.

11. The Grand Tour
This presentation focuses on the classical grand European tour of the eighteenth century - a rite of passage for the English aristocracy. What was it? Why did they do it? Where did they go and what did they experience?

12. India: the Making of the British Raj
India was the greatest possession of the greatest empire in history. This presentation focuses on the collapse of the fabled Mughal Empire and the astonishing story of the emergence of the East India Company as the greatest power in the sub-continent. It concludes with the establishment of the British Raj in the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

13. Mediterranean Piracy: the Barbary Corsairs
From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century pirates from the Barbary states of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli terrorised the Mediterranean. This presentation examines the notorious way of life of these corsairs, the fate of their victims and the key role they played in the conflict between the Ottoman Empire and Christian Europe.

14. The Making of Modern Singapore
Singapore, founded by Stamford Raffles in 1819, commanded the sea routes between Europe and Asia. It became one of the keys which 'locked up the world' and a modern 'Asian Tiger'. Malaya became a jewel in Britain's imperial crown. This presentation reviews the colonial background and focuses on the period from the Japanese occupation in World War II through the Malayan emergency to independence for Malaya and Singapore.

15. Piracy in the 'New World' of the Americas
The fabulous riches of Spain's American empire acted as a magnet for pirates of all nations. This presentation considers the exploits of these 'enemies of all mankind' from the early 1500s to the early 1700s with a focus on the pirates of the Caribbean during their golden age.

16. Portugal and Spain - the Quest for Global Power
This presentation focuses on the epic voyages of Portugal and Spain which led to the establishment of the world's first global empires.

17. South Africa: Diamonds, Gold and War
The modern Union of South Africa was established in 1910. This presentation focuses on the turbulent background to that development: racial conflict, the discovery of what were the world's greatest deposits of diamonds and gold and the major colonial conflict of the age, the Boer War.

18. Victorian Travel and Tourism
The nineteenth century saw a revolution in travel with the birth of the railways and the ocean liner. This presentation considers how these developments laid the foundations of modern tourism.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Enrichment Speaker (2007-19): Crystal, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Holland America, Oceania, P&O, Saga, Thomson, Viking, Voyages of Discovery.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
I am flexible with respect to cruise lines, sailing dates and destinations within my areas of expertise - Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, Caribbean.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sea SE190411 Trade Routes of the Middle Ages 14 Barcelona Thursday, April 11, 2019
Viking Star ST180616 Trade Routes of the Middle Ages 14 Barcelona Saturday, June 16, 2018
Balmoral L1725 A Voyage to the Coast of Africa 14 Southampton Sunday, October 15, 2017
Viking Sea SE170416A Passage Through Western Europe 14 Barcelona Sunday, April 16, 2017
Viking Sea SE170219A Grand Mediterranean Tour 14 Barcelona Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saga Sapphire SA305 Grand Mediterranean Voyage 31 Southampton Friday, September 23, 2016
Viking Sea SE160424 Passage Through Western Europe 14 Barcelona Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saga Sapphire SA293 Caribbean Calypso 32 Southampton Monday, January 25, 2016
Saga Sapphire SA291 Christmas in the Caribbean 34 Southampton Monday, December 7, 2015
Viking Star ST151108 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Venice Sunday, November 8, 2015