The British Empire and the Great War - Colonial Societies / Cultural Responses

Organization: Nanyang Technological University

Venue: Nanyang Technological University

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Event Date/Time: Feb 20, 2014 End Date/Time: Feb 22, 2014
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 12, 2013
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The British Empire and the Great War: Colonial Societies / Cultural Responses

In 1914 almost one quarter of the earth's surface was British. When that same empire and its allies went to war in 1914 against the Central Powers, history's first global conflict was inevitable. The statistics speak for themselves in terms of recruited soldiers and auxiliaries from the British Empire: 1,300,000 Indian, 500,000 Canadian, 300,000 Australian, 100,000 New Zealand; 80,000 South African; 15,000 West Indian and Cypriot. They came too, in smaller numbers, from places like Rhodesia, Tonga, the Falkland Islands, Ceylon and Kuwait.

Abstracts: a 200 word abstract and a short biography of about 100 words should be sent to both organisers by 12 July (extended from 14 June) 2013 using the subject line "Conference Call for Papers: The British Empire and the Great War":

 

Conference Organising Committee

  • ANDREKOS VARNAVA

Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Military History, Flinders University, Australia

  • MICHAEL WALSH

Associate Professor in Art History, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Tim Barringer

Paul Mellon Professor History of Art, Yale University

  • John M. MacKenzie

Emeritus Professor in Imperial History, Lancaster University

  • Sir Hew Strachan

Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

  • Jay Winter

Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University

 

Special Guest Eric Bogle

Songwriter: And The Bands Played Waltzing Matilda and No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France)

Venue

Nanyang Ave
Singapore
Singapore
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Nanyang Technological University

Conference Speakers

Conference Organising Committee

ANDREKOS VARNAVA

Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Military History, Flinders University, Australia

MICHAEL WALSH

Associate Professor in Art History, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Tim Barringer

Paul Mellon Professor History of Art, Yale University

John M. MacKenzie

Emeritus Professor in Imperial History, Lancaster University

Sir Hew Strachan

Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

Jay Winter

Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University

 

Special Guest Eric Bogle

Songwriter: And The Bands Played Waltzing Matilda and No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France)

 

Additional Information

Inspiration to the conference

The idea for this conference "The British Empire and The Great War – Colonial Societies / Cultural Responses" arose when I first met Michael Walsh in Adelaide in 2011 when he presented a seminar on his Famagusta research to the Flinders History Seminar series.

We both realised that in addition to our mutual interest on (and love for) Famagusta, we also had a mutual research interest on the Great War.

We resolved to organise a conference on the British Empire and the Great War in 2014 to mark the 100th year since its outbreak.

The conference in February 2014 will be the outcome of our work and this website the main port of call for all information relating to the conference.

- Andrekos Varnava, Flinders University