Podcast: Oh What a Lovely War? First World War Anniversary Lectures

27 02 2014

First World War Anniversary Lectures Podcast2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, whose war dead still cascade down the north wall of the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, and which continues to haunt the imagination of contemporary Britons, shaping our views of armed force, of authority, and of patriotism. This lecture series looks at aspects of the First World War.

Lecture Series Podcast





Paxman Begins WW1 Anniversary Lectures

23 01 2014

On Tuesday 21st of January, Jeremy Paxman gave the first of a series of lectures at Christ Church exploring the First World War. The Blue Boar Lecture Theatre and overflow seating were full to capacity long before the start of the lecture and many people were disappointed not to be able to get in.

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, whose war dead still cascade down the north wall of the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, and which continues to haunt the imagination of contemporary Britons, shaping our views of armed force, of authority, and of patriotism.

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Oh, What a Lovely War?

20 01 2014

Oh, What a Lovely War?Lecture Series, Hilary Term 2014
TUESDAYS, 5:00–6:30 P.M. | BLUE BOAR THEATRE | CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD

21 JANUARY
Jeremy Paxman, Great Britain’s Great War

28 JANUARY
Margaret MacMillan, Accident or Choice? The Outbreak of the First World War

4 FEBRUARY
Gary Sheffield, Victorious Donkeys? British Generals and Generalship of
the First World War Reconsidered

11 FEBRUARY
Nigel Biggar, 1914–1918: Was Britain Right to Fight?

18 FEBRUARY
Matthew Grimley, The War and English Religion

25 FEBRUARY
Holger Afflerbach, “If you do not want to see God’s hand in everything,
even in the most unbearable, you are lost.” Experiencing the First World War
Alongside Kaiser Wilhelm II





Michael Gove on Britain’s Involvement in the First World War

8 01 2014
Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Last week Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, published a controversial article in The Daily Mail, decrying left-wing denigration of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. In it he praised Nigel Biggar’s “superb essay” in the September issue of Standpoint magazine. You may find Mr. Gove’s article here. And Nigel Biggar’s essay here.








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