The VI historians were treated to two fascinating lectures at their annual modern history conference. Dr Christopher Dillon of King’s College London spoke on two key topics we are studying in the IGCSE course. The first was on Hitler’s rise to power, explaining how the conditions in Germany after World War One made it possible for a fringe party to emerge dominant by 1933. He also talked about the causes of the Cold War, and it was fascinating to hear the differing points of view of many historians on such an important field. Both lectures were wide-ranging and included penetrating analysis as well as witty anecdotes. He did not shy away from controversy either, and to a sharp intake of breath on the part of the audience, proclaimed that if pushed to decide that he believed that the USA was more to blame for the Cold War than the USSR.