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First World War: New Perspectives

A series of short introductory talks from experts in the field presenting new perspectives on the First World War. Produced by the University of Oxford.

# Episode Title Description People Date Media Files
1 The Historian and the Centenary Important questions, problems, and challenges pertaining to the role historians and scholars will play in the centenary of the First World War. Pierre Purseigle 29 Oct 2012
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2 Rethinking British Volunteerism in 1914: A Rush to the Colours? The British response to the outbreak of War in 1914. Catriona Pennell 29 Oct 2012
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3 The Indian Sepoy in the First World War The role of India and the Indian Sepoy in the First World War. Santanu Das 29 Oct 2012
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4 Surplus Women The First World War and its impact on emigration, work and marriage. Rosemary Wall 29 Oct 2012
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5 The Better Part of Valour Combatant Courage on the Western Front. Edward Madigan 29 Oct 2012
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6 Conflict Culture How much do we really know about the experience of the average individual soldier? Matthew Leonard 29 Oct 2012
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7 Morality in Wartime Britain Dr Edward Madigan from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission considers the issue of morality and the role of the British clergy during the First World War. Edward Madigan 10 Dec 2012
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8 Wartime Art and Grief German women and the aesthetics of loss portrayed through art during the First World War. Claudia Siebrecht 10 Dec 2012
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9 Popular fiction in World War One An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public during the First World War. Jane Potter 10 Dec 2012
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10 The Sandwich that Sabotaged Civilisation Myths and Mistakes. How a well known photograph and an infamous lunch break have shaped our memory of the Sarajevo assassination. Dr Paul Miller 10 Jan 2013
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11 Soldiers on Leave A look at the different experiences of service leave during the First World War. Emmanuelle Cronier 20 Feb 2013
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12 Les Permissionnaires A look at the different experiences of service leave during the First World War (in French). Emmanuelle Cronier 20 Feb 2013
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13 Shot at Dawn How a contemporary photographer is addressing one of the conflict's most sensitive topics. Chloe Dewe Matthews 18 Jul 2013
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