Len's Summary: Fourteen papers in a variety of disciplines given at the June 2003 Second European Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies. These essays cover, inter alia, differing national approaches to sacrifice and redemption, the development of war cultures in 1914, academic responses to the war in Paris and London, military discipline and morale, the blurring of distinctions between civilian and soldier, prisoners of war, veterans and demobilization.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.