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Lest we forget? – Britain’s Internment Camps of the Great War

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Aston University inaugural lecture series 2019/20

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Lest we forget? – Britain’s Internment Camps of the Great War : an inaugural lecture by Professor Stefan Manz

Professor of German and Global History

Head of Languages and Translation Studies

School of Languages & Social Science

During the First World War, Britain interned 50,000 civilians in camps throughout the Empire. These were German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian nationals who had moved to Empire locations before 1914 and were now classified as ‘enemy aliens’. They play no part in official commemoration of the Great War. After reconstructing their history, the lecture introduces a range of public engagement activities which aim to redress this imbalance. This leads to probing questions about national identity and the politics of memory: How do we choose to remember the Great War? How can engaged academia make an impact?

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