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Parliament and WWI: "Frocks" versus "Brass Hats" - Who exactly was making policy?

A discussion on parliament and policymaking during the First World War.

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice, the History of Parliament Trust has organised an afternoon discussion of historians reflecting on parliament and policy-making during the First World War.

Our panel of experts will include Allan Mallinson [Chair], Sir Hew Strachan, Professor Heather Jones and the Rt Hon Keith Simpson MP. They will discuss all aspects of policymaking during the First World War, including the run up to war, the conduct of the fighting and peacemaking after the 1918 armistice, as well as responding to questions from the audience.


Attendance is free, but you must register here in order to attend.

Visitors to Portcullis House are advised to bring their ticket and photo ID. Please note that you will have to go through airport-style security to gain entrance to Parliament; we recommend arriving 20 minutes before the start of the event - at busy times there is often a queue. For more information on security and gaining access to the parliamentary estate please click here

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Sir Hew Strachan was Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford and is now Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His recent books includeThe First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001), The First World War: an illustrated history, Clausewitz’s On War: a Biography (2007), and The Direction of War (2013). He is the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (revised edition, 2014). He has been a specialist advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, and serves on both the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s national advisory panels for the centenary of the First World War.

Heather Jones is Professor of Modern History at UCL. She is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France and Germany. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar, and then at Cambridge. A former Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, she completed her Ph.D. at TCD on wartime violence against prisoners of war in Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920. She co-edited two sections of the Cambridge History of the First World War and is on the editorial board of the 14-18-Online Encyclopedia of the First World War, a major new online research encyclopedia of the conflict. She is also an advisor to the Lives of the First World War Project at the Imperial War Museum.


Allan Mallinson is a former soldier. He left the army to write full time, including defence comment for The Times, for which he has also been the chronicler of the First World War throughout the Centenary. His second book on the conflict, Too Important for the Generals, was a controversial counter-revisionist commentary on the higher direction of the war, highly critical of British and French generalship. His third book, Fight to the Finish, based on his Times chronicles, is just published by Penguin Random House. He is a trustee of the Army Museums (Ogilby) Trust, and a member of the Secretary of State for Defence’s opinion-formers group.

Rt Hon. Keith Simpson MP has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Broadland since 2010 and previously served the constituency of Mid Norfolk between 1997 and 2010. He is also a military historian having undertaken postgraduate study at the War Studies Department King's College London. He served as Director of the Cranfield Security Studies Institute at Cranfield University, and was a Senior Lecturer in War Studies and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 1973–86. He is the author of five books on military history, the latest of which isThe Old Comtemptibles (2015).

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