Research Forum Visiting Professor Seminar

War Memorials of the Great War: Britain, France, Germany

Thursday, 27 February 2014

16.00 - 18.00, Research Forum South Room

war monument - showing family in mourning
Monument aux morts Bully les mines Pas de Calais. Photo: Jay Winter

Speaker(s): Jay Winter (Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to postgraduate students and teaching staff. First-come-first-served.

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

The twentieth century began with an explosion of industrialized violence the world had never seen before. Of the ten million men who died in uniform, half have no known graves. War became more than a killing machine. It became a vanishing act. This seminar explores the ways in which war memorials in Britain, France, and Germany marked this revolution in warfare and provided sites of mourning for the millions who lost sons, husbands, lovers, brothers, friends during the war.

Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University. He was a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Reader in Modern History at Cambridge from 1979-2001. He won an Emmy award as co-producer and historian of the 8-hour television series shown on the BBC and the American PBS in 1996, entitled The Great War and the shaping of the twentieth century. He is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995), published in French in 2007.  With Antoine Prost, he is author of The Great War in History (2004) and René Cassin and the Rights of Man. From the Great War to the Universal Declaration (2013).  He is editor-in-chief of the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War, published in French in 2013 and in English in 2014.  He is a founder of the Historial de la grande guerre, the museum of the Great War at Péronne, Somme, France.

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