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The First World War: Outbreak to Armistice with Simon Gregor

The First World War: Outbreak to Armistice with Simon Gregor


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The First World War is one of the most written-about conflicts in all of history, and yet it can still seem unfathomable. The sheer scope and scale of the conflict, the seemingly endless offensives, and the unimaginable numbers of casualties can make it feel overwhelming and beyond comprehension. 

In this talk, historian and tour guide Dr. Simon Gregor will draw both on his archival research and his experience leading groups on the battlefields of France and Belgium to provide insights into the cause, course, and consequences of this vast conflict. Focusing on the western front in Europe, and richly illustrated with photos and maps, this lecture will explore some key moments of the conflict from outbreak to armistice, and aims to dispel some myths about the war, and home in on the reality of what happened in four years of grueling fighting. 

Whether you are new to the conflict and its battlefield landscapes, or a regular visitor to the memorials and cemeteries of France and Belgium, this talk will leave you with new insights into this defining period of the early C20.

Simon has had a lifelong interest in history and literature, and loves sharing his passion for these subjects with others. He took his first degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge in the UK, before going on to complete his PhD in history at the University of Wolvehampton. He has worked extensively as a tour guide in London, across the UK, and in mainland Europe, focussing in particular on C19 and C20 history. His doctoral thesis focussed on the commemoration of the First World War, and as a Brit in the process of emigrating to the USA, he is developing a niche interest in the role of the United States in that conflict. In the literary world, Simon has lectured on subjects as diverse as Shakespeare, the Brontes, Romantic Poetry, and the poetry of war. Whatever subject he is speaking about, he enjoys finding the human stories behind the sweep of history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Kris Shapar (Coventry, GB)
Fresh look at old war

This excellent talk gave me a new perspective on a war I've been fascinated with for years. Well presented, engaging perspective, a new way to look at a century-old war. Highly recommended.

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
World War 1

I thoght Simon Gregor's ceminar on World War 1 was wonderful even though I had to miss part of it as Zoom knocked me off. I shall watch the recording and then the pictures will be the right size and I won't be so disturbed by the fact that Zoom ruined the live presentation

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Kris Shapar (Coventry, GB)
Fresh look at old war

This excellent talk gave me a new perspective on a war I've been fascinated with for years. Well presented, engaging perspective, a new way to look at a century-old war. Highly recommended.

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
World War 1

I thoght Simon Gregor's ceminar on World War 1 was wonderful even though I had to miss part of it as Zoom knocked me off. I shall watch the recording and then the pictures will be the right size and I won't be so disturbed by the fact that Zoom ruined the live presentation