In this lecture Professor Gary Sheffield talks about his research into the events of World War I and how he engaged the general public in his work.
At the Mercy of Fate? - Shaping the Soldier’s Experience of War
In war, different soldiers can have radically different experiences. A soldier in a trench or in a tank will have a very different view of a battle from someone in a supply depot, and a campaign in the desert will produce very different challenges from one fought in a temperate land. Some factors that shape experience of war are within the control of the individual, but many are not.
In this lecture, Professor Gary Sheffield examines these various factors and asks how much, or how little, control soldiers have over their own fate, and whether things have changed much over the centuries.
Professor Gary Sheffield MA, Ph D, FRHistS, FRSA, hold the Chair of War Studies in the Department of History, Politics and War Studies. With Professor Stephen Badsey, he is co-director of the First World War Research Group. He was educated at the University of Leeds (BA, MA) and King's College London, where he studied for his Ph D under the supervision of Professor Brian Bond. He started his academic career in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before moving to King's College London's Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, where he was Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, the UK's senior operational course for senior officers. Awarded a Personal Chair by KCL in 2005, he took up the newly-created Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2006 before moving to the University of Wolverhampton in September 2013.
Gary Sheffield is an internationally-recognised expert on the First World War, especially the role of the British army. His research interests are, broadly, Britain in the age of total war, 1914 to 1945, and military history, especially land warfare, since Napoleon. He has published many books and articles, including the best-selling Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities (2001 – to be republished as an e-book in 2014); Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-18 (2005,co-editor with John Bourne) and TheChief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (2011), which was short-listed for the 2012 Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature. He shared the 2003 Templer Medal for his contribution to David French and Brian Holden Reid (eds.) The British General Staff: Innovation and Reform (2002). His most recent book is Command and Morale: The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918 (2014). A Short History of the First World War will be published in September 2014.
He is President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, and Vice-President of the Western Front Association. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham, member of the academic Advisory Panel of the National Army Museum, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust
Professor Sheffield teaches at undergraduate level on the BA War Studies degree, and is convenor of the part-time MA in the History of Britain and the First World War (to be validated) which launches in September 2014. He is supervising Ph D students researching aspects of Britain and the First World War. He is much is demand as a speaker in the UK and overseas, and frequently appears on television and radio, and writes in the national press.
This lecture series is open to the general public, staff and students at the University of Wolverhampton
Due to demand booking is essential