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Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: Haig and the Aftermath
On 11 November 1918, Douglas Haig must have welcomed his imminent release from the immense burdens he had stoically borne for three years. He appreciated, however, that he would not yet be able to say ‘goodbye to all that’. Even before the war’s end he had begun to press for a ‘just’ peace, to think about the practicalities and difficulties of demobilisation and to advocate the cause of the many disabled veterans, whose welfare became so important to him in the remaining years of his life.
In this wide-ranging lecture, Professor Bourne will discuss Haig's approach to demobilisation, handling disabilities and welfare.
Professor John Bourne taught History at Birmingham University for thirty years before his retirement in September 2009. He founded the Centre for First World War Studies, of which he was Director from 2002 to 2009, as well as the MA in British First World War Studies. He has written widely on the British experience of the Great War, including Britain and the Great War (1989; 1994), Who’s Who in the First World War (2001), and (with Gary Sheffield), Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918 (2005). He is currently editing the letters and diaries of General Sir Henry Rawlinson, again with Gary Sheffield. He is Honorary Professor of First World War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and a Vice President of the Western Front Association.
The audience are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the mounted memorial to Field Marshal Earl Haig at 1400 in Whitehall.
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