University of Edinburgh Business School
Invite—An Evening with Tom Holland: The Making of the Western Mind
October 30, 2019

Reform Scotland, in partnership with the Centre for Strategic Leadership, University of Edinburgh Business School, are delighted to invite you to an evening with the celebrated and best-selling historian Tom Holland.

Tom Holland’s new book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind reveals how we in the West came to be what we are, and how and why we think the way we do. It ranges in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480BC to the ongoing migration crisis in Europe today, and explores what made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive.

Dominion has received rave reviews:

“Tom Holland is fun to read, monstrously erudite, wickedly joyful, and ahead of the established consensus, on average, by four years, three months, and two days.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Fizzing with insights and challenges, this is one history book that is timely and important, as well as a feast of intellectual entertainment.”

Sunday Times

“It’s not often that you come across a book that completely transforms your understanding of the world.”


In conversation with Chris Deerin, Director of Reform Scotland, Tom will discuss Dominion’s insights and arguments. He will sign copies of Dominion, which will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Author

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer, and broadcaster. He is also the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic; Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom; In the Shadow of the Sword, which covers the emergence of Islam; and Dynasty, a portrait of Rome’s first imperial dynasty.

In 2007, he was winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to “the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature, and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome”.

Reform Scotland

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Event Details

When: 17:45, Thursday 14 November
Where: University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS

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