He is a specialist in recent European history. Christopher Clark has now been honored in Aachen. A special prize goes to Ukraine.

The historian Christopher Clark was awarded the Charlemagne Medal in Aachen. The board of trustees of the “Médaille Charlemagne” association recognized him as one of the most important chroniclers of recent European history.

The “Australian European”, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, is a professor of modern European history at the University of Cambridge. His best-known work is the study “The Sleepwalkers” (2012), in which he explains how the great European powers slid into the First World War in 1914.

The statement of the Board of Trustees states: “His books, lectures and, last but not least, his TV productions create an understanding of the social conditions in Europe in the 21st century, which are far too often taken for granted today and whose value we have lost through the war in Eastern Europe was so impressively recalled.»

The reporting by the online medium “The Kyiv Independent” during the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine received a special award. “The impressive quality of the journalistic work under the most difficult conditions and the courageous commitment of the employees, which is often associated with a risk to their own lives, are of essential importance for the independent information from the crisis area and the upcoming processing of the events”. , so the reasoning.

Since 2000, the Charlemagne Medal has been awarded to a European personality or institution that has made a special contribution to the process of European unification and the development of a European identity in the field of media. Previous winners have included the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, the British historian Sir Ian Kershaw and the former WDR director Fritz Pleitgen.