CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 'The End of War and the Reshaping of a Century' : 6 September 1918
06 Sep

‘The End of the War and The Reshaping of a Century’

6th - 8th September 2018

As well as The Western Front Association, ‘The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’ has been developed collaboratively with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events such as  the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers. It is further supported and sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s First World War Public Engagement Centres, History West Midlands, Helion & Company and Battle Honours.

The International Conference on the First World War at the University of Wolverhampton

The conference is organised by the following members of the CHR in conjunction with The Western Front Association: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, Dr Simon Constantine, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor Laura Ugolini and Dr Oliver Wilkinson.

Booking Details, Accommodation and Travel Arrangements > HERE 'The End of War and Reshaping of a Nation' 

Keynote Lectures

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds), ‘Women as Veterans of the First World War in France & Britain'

Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), ‘The Legacy of the First World War in Asia’

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin), ‘When Did The First World War Actually End?’

Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), ‘The Place of 1918 in Military History’

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews), ‘How the War Shaped Understanding of Strategy in the Twentieth Century’

Professor Laura Ugolini (University of Wolverhampton), ‘What next? British men and masculinities after the war'

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University), ‘War and Revolution, 1918'


Parallel Sessions, speaks and subjects


Panel 1

New Technologies & Communications

Brian Hall, ‘Reliability through redundancy? The BEF’s communications system, 1914-1918’

Jim Beach, ‘Caught out and catching up: Enforcing security upon the BEF's telephones in 1916’

James Bruce, ‘Rather Heterogenous drafts: specialised SIGINT personnel’

Stuart Hadaway, ‘A triumph of air offensive action’: The Battle of Megiddo, September 1918, and the birth of modern air power’


Panel 2

The War and The Shaping of Modern Religion

Adrian Gregory, ‘Challenging Liberal Protestant Theology in the Wake of War’

Partick J. Houlihan, ‘Beyond Belief: A Catholic Sensory History of Warfare: 1914-1945’

Hussein A H Omar’, Neither Lenin nor Wilson: Religion and the Intellectual History of 1919’

Linda Parker, ‘Keeping the Faith – Change and continuity in thinking of Anglican army chaplains during and after the First World War’


Panel 3

Representations of War

Marguerite Helmers, ‘The Allied War Expositions in America, 1918’

Philippa Gregory, ‘Wartime Cartooning: A Legacy of laughter’

Robert A. Davis – ‘Legacies and Memories: Education, Morality and the Shaping of the Canon of World War I Poetry’

Simon Gregor, ‘Battlefield landscapes and their interpretation: exploring the nuances of the Michelin battlefield guides’


Panel 4

Health, Care and Welfare After 1918

Louise Bell, ‘New Limbs For Old: Prostheses and Rehabilitation in the First World War’

Rebecca Wynter, ‘1918 and the ‘onward march of the pedicle’: Twentieth Century Biographies of First World War Burns Injuries’

Eilis Boyle, ‘Without her help I could not continue at all’: exploring the relationship between gender, care and visibility in local and domestic communities in post-war’

Yvonne McEwen, ‘A Corruption of Purpose?: Reappraising the Work and Findings of the 1922 War Office Committee


Panel 5

Command and Cohesion

David Zabecki, ‘Reputations 100 Years On’

Tom Thorpe, ‘Unit cohesion in 1918: a forgotten factor in the BEF’s victory?’


Panel 6

The Centenary as Viewed from the British and French Empires

Claire Eldridge, ‘The forgotten of this tribute’? The French of Algeria and the Centenary Commemorations'

Dónal Hassett, ‘Conflict, Conciliation & Co-option: Commemorating the Centenary of the Great War in Contemporary Algeria’

Michael Joseph, ‘Un-National Heroes: Reclaiming the Memory of the First World War in the Caribbean, 1918-2018’


Panel 7

Women writing the First World War, 1918 to 2018

Andrew Frayn, ‘The war had only finished what Queenie had begun’: May Sinclair, gender, and war’

Jane Potter, 'Peace could not give back her Dead': May Wedderburn Cannan, writing, and memory’

Ann-Marie Einhaus, ‘The long shadow of Rebecca West and Vera Brittain in contemporary women’s writing about the First World War’


Panel 8

Organisations, Values and British Society

Laura Coward, ‘Understanding gender roles through the use of the YMCA’

Caitriona McCartney, ‘The Impact of the First World War on British Sunday Schools’

Jane Clarke, ‘The ‘Sister Services’: Friendships, Comradeship and Identity in the Old Comrades Associations, 1919- 1939’


Panel 9

1918 : Kaiserschlacht and Aftermath

William Stewart – ‘The Most Vivifying Influence”: Operation ‘Delta’ in Preparing the Canadian

Corps for the Hundred Days’

Miguel Freire – ‘Portuguese in Flanders, 1918: a defeat abroad amongst revolutions on homeland’

Brendan O'Shea – ‘The Last Days of the 16th (Irish) Division’


Panel 10

Windows into the War: Micro-History Approaches

Alex Mayhew, ‘The 1918 Vegetable Show at the BEF’s Le Havre Base Depot: A New Window onto the Great War’

Carole Evans, ‘The Bravest Little Street in England; bringing a town back its memory’

Stephen John Roberts, ‘The Battles of 1918 and the People of North-West England – exploring civilian and military experiences of total war via local and family history.


Panel 11

The War’s Immediate Aftermath

Tammy Proctor, ‘Witnessing the End of Occupation: Demilitarizing Brussels, October – December 1918’

Peter Stanley, ‘Did Gandhi and the Emir forestall a mutiny in 1919?: British troops and the aftermath of war in India’

Ian Isherwood, Memories before Memory: Veterans writing in the immediate aftermath of the World War, 1918-1922’


Panel 12

Africa and the Middle East: Imperial Ambitions and Global Consequences

Edmund Yorke, ‘Retribution, Re-conquest and Disillusionment: the post-war legacies of total war in Northern Rhodesia, 1918-25. • Paul Knight, ‘Mesopotamia - what next?’

Vanda Wilcox, ‘Imperial dreams: Italy’s ambitions in the Middle East, 1917-1923’


Panel 13

1918: The Hundred Days, Military Operations and the Closing of the War

Alistair McCluskey ‘Haig’s forgotten triumph: The Battle of the Hindenburg Line 1918’

Richard Stobo, '‘The Australian Victories in France in 1918?'' An Examination of Australian Corps Operations during the Hundred Days’

Glyn Harper ‘A topsy-turvy old world’: from fighting to dancing with the enemy. The New Zealand Division’s war - November 1918 to March 1919’

Panel 14

‘Are YOU in this?’: Everyday English Home Front Experiences

Carol Henderson, Unmanly Shirkers? Masculinity in appeals against military conscription in Britain, 1916-1918’

Anna Muggeridge, ‘The impact of the First World War on the nature of women’s political activism in Walsall’

Rebecca Ball, ‘'Birmingham clapped her hands with the rest of the world, welcoming the signs of peace’: Childhood in Birmingham, London and Greater Manchester during the First World War’

Panel 15

‘League of Nations? Alliances During & After the War’

Chris Kempshall, ‘Relations after the night before: The Entente Alliance beyond the Armistice’

Jack Davies, ‘‘Backwood Australians’ and ‘Angry Anzacs’: The Impact of the First World War on Australian and British relations’

Vincent Trott, ‘When Tommies Met Doughboys: Humour, National Identity and Anglo-American Relations in 1918’

Panel 16

Roundtable  ‘A Hundred Years of Teaching, Learning and Understanding the First World War: Where are we now?’

A discussion about how the First World War is, and has been, taught, with a focus on the closing of the centenary commemorations and ‘what next’?

Discussants will include: Alison Fell (Chair) Christine Myers Rob Page Peter D’Sena Ann-Marie Einhaus


Panel 17

Commemoration and the Construction of Memory

Sofya Anisimova, ‘Russian Expeditionary Force in memory and commemoration: comparative case study of France and Russia’

Mark Connelly, ‘Ypres: Transforming a Belgian City into and outpost of the British Empire, 1919- 1939’

Stephen Badsey, ‘1918 & The Invention of Propaganda’


Panel 18

War and Post-War Experiences

Steve Lau, ‘China: The Ally That Lost’

Anne Buckley, ‘Paper kites and a red balloon: Coping strategies of German POWs awaiting release’

Jeffrey Reznick, ‘A Prisoner of the Great War and His Songs in Captivity: A Study of Rudolf H. Sauter’

Panel 19

Revolutionary Women: Gender perspectives on the Revolution of 1918 in Germany

Ingrid Sharp, ‘Writing women into the German Revolution, November 1918’

Corinne Painter, ‘Imagining the Revolution: Female Writers and the German Revolution’

Matthew Stibbe, ‘Understanding socialist women’s perspectives on violence and revolution: the case of Germany, 1916-1920’


Panel 20

New Armies: New ‘Orders’

Roger R Reese – ‘The consequences of the Soviet Red Army being formed during a period of revolution and civil war and their long-term effect on civil-military relations’

Tomoyuki Ishizu, ‘Legacy of the First World War: A Turning Point of the Japanese Imperialism’

Paul Latawski, ‘The Reconstruction of the Polish Army 1918-23’


Please see the 1918-2018 Conference provisional programme (PDF 423K, Downloads file).


Who to contact for more information

For all enquiries please contact Dr Oliver Wilkinson - email to O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk

You can keep up to date with the latest event news on these webpages and by following us on twitter @1918to2018


Conference fees and how to book

Registration is now open at our E-Store.

The following conference rates apply:

Standard Conference Rate (all 3 days) = £165

Standard Daily Rate: £65 per day

(only limited day tickets are available)

Concessionary Conference Rate (all 3 days) = £130

Concessions apply to the unwaged (students; unemployed; those in receipt of a state pension). If you are unsure if you qualify for a concessionary ticket, please check with us prior to booking

Concessionary Day Rate = £50 per day

(only limited day tickets are available)

This conference fee includes lunches and refreshments (it does not include conference evening meals)

The conference is open to all.

Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Click > HERE for the University of Wolverhampton website


Conference dinner(s)

A conference dinner will be held on Friday 7th September 2018 in the Chancellor’s Hall, University of Wolverhampton. This will be a three-course dinner to include an after-dinner keynote address (please see programme for details). There is no dress code for the conference dinner.

A buffet meal is also planned for Thursday 6th September (venue TBC).

Conference meals are not included within the conference fee. Details of the cost of the meals, and how to book, will be circulated based on indicated interest.

When registering please indicate if you would be interesting in attending the conference dinner on 7th September and/or the buffet meal on 6th September. You will then be sent further details about the meals later in the year. No indicated preference will be taken to mean that you are not interested in attending the conference meals. 

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CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 'The End of War and the Reshaping of a Century' : 6 September 1918, O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk
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