Remembering the Great War: A Trans-National Approach

Here is the abstract for Professor Jay Winter’s keynote address, which will open the conference on 27 February 2016:

We live in a world where historians born in one country have been able to migrate to follow their historical studies and either to stay in their adopted homes or to migrate again, when necessary, to obtain a university post. In First World War studies, this is particularly evident. Christopher Clark was born in Sydney, studied in Berlin, and finished his studies in Cambridge, where he still teaches. Norman Stone was trained at Cambridge and now is at Bilken University in Turkey. John Horne was born in Adelaide, studied at Oxford and Sussex, and teaches in Dublin. Fifty of the 70 authors of the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War, which I edited and which was published in 2014, are trans-national scholars, practicing history far from their place of birth, and enriching the world of scholarship thereby. Seeing the world in which we live at a tangent, in the words of the Greek poet Kafavy, opens up insights harder to identify from within a settled world. This lecture describes the emergence of trans-national history as a way into understanding the new generation of scholarship on the Great War, which informs both academic and public history.

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