Conferences, colloquia and publications

This page contains details of upcoming lectures and conferences, along with a list of recent publications and the latest recorded lectures.

The Centenary of the partition of Ireland in 1920 Video conference by John Horne

Marking the centenary of the partition of Ireland in 1920, John Horne (Professor Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, Vice-Chair of the Historial International Research Centre) revisits this historic event from the singular perspective of author, journalist and WWI veteran Joseph Kessel.

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The history of 11 November commemorations Video conference by Annette Becker

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first ceremony commemorating the Armistice of 11 November, Annette Becker (Université Paris-Nanterre, Vice-Chair of the Historial International Research Centre) explores the history of remembrance ceremonies.

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Charles de Gaulle and the Great War: the laboratory of war Lecture by Anette Becker

The impact of the First World War on De Gaulle, a young officer hailing from Lille and freshly-graduated from the academy at Saint-Cyr, has long been underestimated. And yet, the occupation of his native region, his experience of combat as a young lieutenant, and, above all, his bitter experience in POW camps all had a defining influence on his future career.

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Covid-19 in France: echoes of the Great War Lecture by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau

The Covid-19 pandemic, and the two-month-long lockdown which it engendered, saw a resurgence in martial rhetoric reminiscent of the Great War at the very highest levels of French political discourse. The French President, in particular, leaned on terminology and imagery first employed in the period 1914-1918.

In this recorded lecture, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Chairman of the Historial International Research Centre, analyses this use of WWI references and considers the broader meaning of this particular manifestation of France’s collective historical memory in times of crisis.

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‘The painful birth of a nation in a land steeped in blood: Ukraine in the 20th and 21st centuries’ Lecture by Nicolas Werth (CNRS)

It was not until 1991 that Ukraine, “the borderland” (the etymological origin of the word ‘Ukraine’) was finally recognised as a nation state, following a long and painful series of setbacks including the failure of the first independent Ukrainian state (1917-1920), established after the revolutions of 1917 which tore apart the Russian Empire. On 1st December 1991, over 90% of the citizens of what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic voted in favour of independence. . That independence is now contested by the regime of Vladimir Putin, who has launched the first major land war to afflict Europe in the 21st century, with the stated aim of “de-Nazifying” and “demilitarising” Ukraine. Once again, Ukraine has become a land steeped in blood.

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Encyclopaedia of the Great War

This section contains illustrations from the 2012 edition of the Encyclopaedia of the Great War published by Editions Perrin in their Tempus Collection. They include over sixty new artefacts and artworks, all taken from the rich collections of the Historial of the Great War in Péronne.

ISBN Numbers: 978-2-262-03126-8 (Box set), 978-2-262-03108-4 (Volume 1), 978-2-262-03109-1 (Volume 2)

Encyclopaedia of the Great War – Volume 1
Part One: The world before 1914 and the outbreak of war
Part Two: Fighting
Part Three: Conducting the war

Encyclopaedia of the Great War – Volume 2
Part Four: Home fronts and war culture
Part Five: On the fringes of the war
Part Six: Liquidating the war
Part Seven: The lasting legacy of the Great War