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RUSI Journal Roundtable: Britain’s Armed Forces and the Two World Wars
Summer 2014 has rightfully been dedicated to the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago – a conflict that brought about political and social changes that continue to shape the world today. Yet September 2014 also marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War – and it is important to understand the links between the two conflicts.
The forthcoming August/September edition of the RUSI Journal is largely dedicated to the Great War, but it also seeks to mark both anniversaries by presenting three broad-ranging analyses of the Britain’s navy, army and air force between 1914 and 1945, tracing the elements of continuity and change from one global, mass conflict to the next.
This will also be the subject of the RUSI Journal roundtable on 2 September, at 14:00, which is also the official launch of the special issue. Honing in on the British military experience, distinguished historians including Gary Sheffield, Gill Bennett and Peter Gray will discuss the development of Britain’s armed forces between the two world wars.
Gill Bennett is an Associate Fellow of RUSI. She was formerly Chief Historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Senior Editor of the FCO’s official history of post-war foreign policy, Documents on British Policy Overseas, 1995–2005.
Peter Gray is the Senior Research Fellow in air-power studies at the University of Birmingham. He retired from the RAF in 2008 and is a former Director of Defence Studies for the RAF.
Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of several acclaimed books on the First World War including The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (Aurum, 2011). His new book, A Short History of the First World War, is published by Oneworld in September 2014.
The special issue of the RUSI Journal on the Great War can be accessed here: https://www.rusi.org/publications/journal/