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Royal Historical Society Symposium: Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War

Dates
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00 to 17:30
Location
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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This Symposium will reflect on how the war was commemorated in a range of different countries between 2013 and 2019. The centenary of the signing of most of the peace treaties related to the conflict in 2019 is an excellent vantage point to reflect on six years of commemoration and ask a number of important questions. How did different countries seek to commemorate the war? How did such commemoration differ, and why? Why did the origins of the war become a controversial topic once more? How did the centenary play out in countries that entered the war much later than others, and countries that were colonies during the wartime period? How did the war’s different end-points play out for national commemorations? How were the different national memories of the experience of the war reflected in planned and actual commemorative events? And, most importantly, what do we know now that we did not know before the centenary, and how might this affect the future trajectory of First World War studies?

Programme of the day.

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