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. This lecture series looks at aspects of the First World War.
Jeremy Paxman, Great Britain’s Great War
Margaret MacMillan, Accident or Choice? The Outbreak of the First World War
Gary Sheffield, Victorious Donkeys? British Generals and Generalship of
the First World War Reconsidered
Nigel Biggar, 1914–1918: Was Britain Right to Fight?
Matthew Grimley, The War and English Religion
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
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.