BBC News: Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds

Not all crucial battles in World War One took place on the muddy fields of Europe. Some significant fights took place in little-known places much further afield. For further information, see here.

One of our research clusters is The Global-Imperial Dimension. If you are interesting in carrying out research in this area, then see here. We have a number of academics who are working on the mobilization of culture, ideas and information: propaganda; and the role of the press, including Prof. James Belich, Dr. John Darwin and Dr. Jan-Georg Deutsch. Please contact them directly to discuss your research interests and see here for more information on applying to the University of Oxford with your doctoral proposal.

Regent’s Park College: Free First World War Exhibition and Talks

The Angus Library and Archive currently has an exhibition, For Liberty against Tyranny, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The exhibition looks at the events of the First World War and how these affected the thoughts and actions of non-conformists. Featured will be never before seen items such as correspondence from Prime Minister David Lloyd George, emergency passports issued at the outbreak of war and photographs from international war fronts.

Two talks will accompany the exhibition:

Monday 10th November 6.30pm – ‘Global Religions and a Global War’ with Dr Adrian Gregory
Tuesday 11th November 6.30pm – ‘War, Peace and the Nonconformist Conscience’ with Professor Keith Robbins

Booking essential.

Scolma Annual Conference: “There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I


“There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I, The British Library, 17 July 2015


The first shot fired for Britain in the First World War was from the rifle of an African soldier in West Africa. The last German troops to surrender did so on African soil, in today’s Zambia. In between African soldiers and civilians paid a heavy price in blood and lives and their societies and outlook were changed for ever. Recent scholarship, reflected in the commemorations and publications for the centenary of the outbreak of the war recognise that Africa was much more than a sideshow in a truly global conflict.

This conference will consider the role of scholars, libraries, archives and information sources in documenting and interpreting the African experience of World War I.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Campaigns in Africa
  • African soldiers on the Western Front
  • The impact of World War I on African Societies
  • Memory and Memorials
  • Literature, Images and Ephemera

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at by 31 January 2015.

For more details see CFP section on this site, or go to: