Members' Military History Lecture - 1916: A Tipping Point?

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A lecture by Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Drawing on a range of military, social and cultural sources, Professor Jeffery will reflect on events in a range of locations and show how they reverberated around the world, marking a crucial watershed during the First World War.


A lecture by Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast and Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Drawing on material from his new book, 1916: A Global History, Professor Keith Jeffery will reflect on events in a range of locations and show how they reverberated around the world, marking a crucial watershed during the First World War. As well as discussing better-known battles such as Gallipoli, Verdun and the Somme, he will examine Dublin, for the Easter Rising, East Africa, the Italian front, Central Asia and Russia, where the killing of Rasputin exposed the internal political weakness of the country's empire.

Using an extraordinary range of military, social and cultural sources, Professor Jeffery will relate the individual experiences on the ground to wider developments lost to history, the conflicts that spread beyond the sphere of Europe and the moments that transformed the First World War.

Professor Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen’s University Belfast and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 1998, he was the Lees Knowles Lecturer in Military Science at Trinity College Cambridge and from 2003–2004 Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College Cambridge. He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the Australian Defence Force Academy and Deakin University. Among his publications are Ireland and the Great War, The GPO and the Easter Rising and the prize-winning Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier. His ground-breaking official history, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 was published in 2010.

Professor Jeffery will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 1916: A Global History (Bloomsbury, October 2015), which will be on sale.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.



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