'Notes and Swearies: The Use of Blasphemy and Swearing in the BEF 1914-1918' with Mark Connelly
18 Jul

Mark Connelly will be giving a talk on 'Notes and Swearies: The Use of Blasphemy and Swearing in the BEF 1914-1918'.

Soldiers were renowned for their use of obscenities, and to a lesser extent, blasphemies, during the First World War. As well as peppering their spoken language, it also played a crucial role in many songs which were then adopted by the home front after careful pruning. As well as exploring examples of obscenity, this talk explores the reasons behind the huge upsurge in bad language and asks whether it answered a deeper psychological need, making the horrors of war bearable and alleviating the stress of frontline service.

Mark Connelly is Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent and a Director of the Gateways' Project. The author of several books including The Great War: Memory and Ritual a study of East London War Memorials, he is an expert on cinema and the Great War. He is currently researching the rebuilding of Ypres and the impact of a British Community on the city, leading a national project and his latest research involves Prince Maurice of Battenberg, a member of the British Royal family, killed at Ypres in 1914, on the topic of which he gave us a fascinating talk in June 2018.

Professor

Mark

Connelly

is

Professor

of

Modern

History

at

the

University

of

Kent

and

a

Director

of

the

Gateways'

Project.

The

author

of

several

books

including

The

Great

War:

Memory

and

Ritual

a

study

of

East

London

War

Memorials,

he

is

an

expert

on

cineam

and

the

Great

War.

He

is

currently

researching

the

rebuilding

of

Ypres

and

the

impact

of

a

British

Community

on

the

city,

leading

a

national

project

and

his

latest

research

involves

Prince

Maurice

of

Battenberg,

a

member

of

the

British

Royal

family,

killed

at

Ypres

in 1914.

Professor

Mark

Connelly

is

Professor

of

Modern

History

at

the

University

of

Kent

and

a

Director

of

the

Gateways'

Project.

The

author

of

several

books

including

The

Great

War:

Memory

and

Ritual

a

study

of

East

London

War

Memorials,

he

is

an

expert

on

cineam

and

the

Great

War.

He

is

currently

researching

the

rebuilding

of

Ypres

and

the

impact

of

a

British

Community

on

the

city,

leading

a

national

project

and

his

latest

research

involves

Prince

Maurice

of

Battenberg,

a

member

of

the

British

Royal

family,

killed

at

Ypres

in 1914.

Professor

Mark

Connelly

is

Professor

of

Modern

History

at

the

University

of

Kent

and

a

Director

of

the

Gateways'

Project.

The

author

of

several

books

including

The

Great

War:

Memory

and

Ritual

a

study

of

East

London

War

Memorials,

he

is

an

expert

on

cineam

and

the

Great

War.

He

is

currently

researching

the

rebuilding

of

Ypres

and

the

impact

of

a

British

Community

on

the

city,

leading

a

national

project

and

his

latest

research

involves

Prince

Maurice

of

Battenberg,

a

member

of

the

British

Royal

family,

killed

at

Ypres

in 1914.

Walthamstow Cricket Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Ave, London. E17 3QN
18 Jul 2019 19:30