WW1 Star Lecture (for schools): "British Propaganda and the First World War – Imagining a United Nation"
|Dates:||8 October 2014|
|Times:||12:30 - 14:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||Post 16, Secondary schools|
|Speaker:||Dr Christopher Godden|
A talk by for Y11 and Sixth Form students by Dr Chris Godden (Department of History) - part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures open lecture series "The Different Faces of WW1".
The First World War keeps its hold on us like a horror film, despite the numerous horrors and atrocities that have affected humanity since. Apart from being a great military and political event, the First World War was also a great imaginative event. From its outbreak in 1914, politicians, journalists, and ordinary men and women tried to understand and make sense of what the war meant. In terms of historical research about the First World War, historians have shifted their emphasis away from the study of military events towards understanding the central position of the war in relation to the lives and experiences of citizens who lived through it. From this has emerged a story centred around the role and strategies adopted by government propagandists in mobilising British society for war, and discussion about how this terrible conflict affected individuals, families, and society over the long term. This lecture, and the accompanying workshop, will consider the ways in which British men and women understood the war while it was being fought, as well as analysing the role played by British government propagandists. Through an examination of several First World War propaganda posters, students will work towards answering the following questions: (1) what did war mean in the summer of 1914?, (2) what had it come to mean by 1917?, and (3) what were British citizens told to think about the war?
This event is free, but booking via our website is essential, please see the following link:
Dr Christopher Godden
Role: Lecturer in the Economic History of Globalisation
Organisation: University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Victoria Park, Oxford Place