The First World War 100 Years On: Roundtable discussion at the IHR



Reflections on Scholarship and Commemoration 100 years on


5.30pm, Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room (NB02)

British troops in silhouette march towards trenches near Ypres at the Western Front during the First World War.  In the first Battle of Ypres, October 1914, German forces failed to reach the English Channel ports but the Allied counter-attack failed.  Poison gas was employed for the first time in April 1915 by the German army at the second Battle of Ypres.  The final Battle of Ypres between July-November 1917 results in Allied forces capturing Passchendaele. Ypres, Belgium [?]

How has the historiography of the First World War changed since the early twentieth century? What controversies animate contemporary historians today, and what roads are researchers currently travelling? How has commemoration of the Great War interacted with historical production, and vice-versa?

Featuring Professor Alison Fell (Leeds), Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt (Reading) and Dr Franziska Heimberger (Paris-Sorbonne), three scholars will reflect on the Great War and the mark it has left on the 20th and 21st centuries. The Modern French History seminar invites everyone to join us as we discuss the history and memory of the First World War not only from the lens of France, but also Britain, Germany and Europe more broadly.

The seminar will take place at 5.30pm at the IHR in our usual room, the Wolfson Room (NB02) in the IHR basement. Details of our full programme can be found online:

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