Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture - John Terraine, Douglas Haig and the Battle for the History of the First World War

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A lecture by Professor Gary Sheffield, Chair of War Studies, University of Wolverhampton, commemorating the life of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde and the forces he commanded.

From the 1950s to the 1990s, the military historian John Terraine did more than anyone else to challenge simplistic 'lions led by donkeys' views about the First World War and to rehabilitate the reputation of Field Marshal Earl Haig. Terraine's views were hugely controversial, but many historians today regard him as a pivotal figure in the development of the historiography of the Western Front. In his lecture, Professor Sheffield will assess John Terraine as a historian of the First World War in the light of more recent research.

Speaker Biography

Professor Gary Sheffield holds the Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published widely on military history and is the author of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry of John Terraine. He is on the advisory board of the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute and is Regimental Historian of The Rifles. A revised edition of his biography of Douglas Haig is being published by Aurum Press in 2016 under the new title of ‘Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory’.

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