‘True knowledge is knowledge of why things are as they are, and not merely what they are.’

Isaiah Berlin

Dr. Helene von Bismarck, F.R.Hist.S.

Helene von Bismarck is a historian, writer and public speaker. Her main interest is Britain’s role in international relations during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Helene’s first book explored the connections between oil and imperialism in the Persian Gulf during the 1960s. With her new research project about Margaret Thatcher and Jacques Delors, Helene has moved on from the empire to another contentious topic of Britain’s history: its relationship with the European Union. Helene’s fascination with the past motivates her dedication to the present. She has published numerous essays providing historical context to current affairs, addressed academic and non-academic audiences around the world, and acted as a commentator in the press and on television.