Top historians to speak at UCC's WWI conference

Published 16/01/2014 | 05:26

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DR Andrew Murrison, MP, the special representative of British Prime Minister David Cameron for the centenary commemoration of the First World War, will address the UCC conference on Ireland and the First World War next week.

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Dr Murrison will also address the official opening of the conference on the evening of Friday, January 24 on the subject of the approach of the UK and Ireland to the centenary of the First World War. The two-day conference will take place in UCC on the Friday and Saturday.

Leading historians from the worlds of academia, the media and politics will address the conference. The keynote address at the official opening on Friday evening will be delivered by Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and the closing paper will be delivered by Myles Dungan, the well-known historian and broadcaster, on Saturday evening.

Other topics to be discussed during the conference include the response of both Irish nationalists and unionists to the war, Ireland's place in the diplomacy of the war, and commemoration of the war in Ireland and beyond.

Additional sessions will address the various engagements in which Irish soldiers saw action, domestic social, political and cultural developments during the war, the role of religion in the conflict, the conscription crisis of 1918, media coverage of the war, and its enduring legacy.

"In this decade of centenaries the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 is undoubtedly one of the most important anniversaries," said Professor Geoff Roberts, Head of UCC's School of History. "The war changed the course not just of Irish history but European and world history. The contemporary history of the world we live in today begins in 1914 and the war's consequences continue to reverberate.

"What happened to Ireland as a result of the war can illuminate broader processes and trends."

Prof Roberts said the conference has a fantastic line-up of speakers, with participants from many different countries. "It will be a truly international event in which many different perspectives will be brought to bear on the conflict that ushered in the long twentieth century – an epoch through which we are still living," he added.

The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please contact: Gabriel Doherty, UCC on 021 4902783, g.doherty@ucc.ie, or the conference website: www.ucc.ie/en/history/conferences/.

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