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Royal Historical Society Symposium

Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War

This event took place on 17th May 2019 at 10:15am (09:15 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This event was live streamed from the Berrill theatre.

Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the centenary of the First World War, 2013-2019 A Royal Historical Society Symposium at the Open University 17th May 2019.   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?


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10:15 am Welcome, Keynote Lecture, Panel 1 Europe
   Morning Session
2:00 pm Panel 2 Africa and Asia,Commemoration in the Musem Sector, Roundtable discussion
   Afternoon Session

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