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Why Remember? Reflections on the First World War Centenary

LSE Literary Festival discussion

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014 
Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Michael Cox, Dr John Hutchinson, Professor Margaret Macmillan
Chair: Professor David Stevenson

This multi-disciplinary panel discussion will reflect on the consequences of the First World War and the value of remembrance, including the impact on international relations, the effect on nationalism and the home front, and what photography and narration of the war can tell us about our society.

Michael Cox is founding co-director of LSE IDEAS and professor of international relations at LSE.

John Hutchinson is reader in nationalism in the Department of Government at LSE.

Margaret Macmillan is  the author of Women of the Raj and international bestsellers Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its Attempt to End the War, which won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book is The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War (October 2013). The past Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford.

David Stevenson is professor of international history at LSE.

Update, Wednesday 26 February: Due to unforeseen circumstance, Professor Lilie Chouliaraki is no longer able to participate in this discussion.

This event forms part of  the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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LSE Literary Festival 2014