The 83rd IHR Anglo-American conference was once again held at Senate House, on 3rd-4th July. This year the theme was The Great War at Home, as a number of historians gathered to discuss the impact of the First World War on home fronts, not only in Britain, but across the globe. Taking inspiration from the effects of language, music and politics amongst other changes in the aftermath of the war, talks presented the current research projects of lecturers in the memorialization of World War One.
Bloomsbury were invited to attend the conference and showcased some of our books that are specifically relevant to the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War and the home front. Maggie Andrews’ Domesticating the Airwaves: Broadcasting, Domesticity and Femininity proved to be of popular interest at the conference. Exploring the cultural history of broadcasting and its relationship to domesticity, Andrews’ book also highlights topics of education and gender. Dr Paula Bartley writes favourably: ‘Maggie Andrews skilfully examines a number of radio and television programmes from the inter-war years to the present day which focus on domestic ideology and practice. She identifies a raft of cultural factors and, with compelling analysis, demonstrates how these have promoted marked changes to the tone, the style and the substance of broadcast programmes over the period. This is an important book for our time: telling insights about the way cultures both influence and are influenced by broadcasting cannot fail to appeal to anyone with a serious interest in recent British social, cultural and political history’.
In another fascinating approach to the cultural changes of war, Honour, Violence and Emotions in History is a newly published title that examines how such concepts vary across a number of cultures and regions in history. The book tied in nicely with the main themes of the conference, including keynote speeches from guests such as Jay Winter, and his paper titled ‘Beyond Glory: Language and the Cultural Memory of the Great War’. The thirteen original essays in this book present a ground breaking interplay of contexts and emotions in war, and is written by internationally renowned social and cultural historians.
Other titles such as Changing War appealed to enthusiasts of the military history of the British Army, as the book is the first of its kind to examine the revolutionary changes to warfare that took place in 1918, on land, sea and air. Written by a number of established authors and emerging scholars alike, the book provides in-depth examinations of key aspects of the operations of the British Army, the Royal Air Force and its antecedents. Changing War is one of the books available in the Birmingham War Studies series, which showcases original research that covers all aspects of war in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Titles primarily focus on British events and experiences and are often written by leading scholars of military history, such as Charles Kirke.
For anyone interested in the history of the Great War the above titles can be purchased on our website. Bloomsbury’s Great War Collection also serves as an excellent catalogue of our best titles for children, academics and the general reader and includes a number of titles exploring social, cultural and military history.