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A history podcast discussing various cultural genres which reference the First World War, including detective fiction, Star Wars and death metal music, and ask why the First World War has particular popular cultural relevance.

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A history podcast discussing various cultural genres which reference the First World War, including detective fiction, Star Wars and death metal music, and ask why the First World War has particular popular cultural relevance.

    Egyptian Encounters

    Egyptian Encounters

    What opportunities did the First World War provide for cultural tourism?
    This month Angus, Jessica and Chris speak to Allison Bennett, winner of the 2023 Gail Braybon Award for her work on war-time cross-cultural sexual encounters during the First World War. Along the way we discuss #MeToo, and the post-war legacies of these encounters for families, and the popularity of the Pyramids and camels as a tourist attractions.
    References:
    Gallipoli
    Peter Stanley, Bad Characters
    Alexia Moncrieff, Expertise, Authority and Control
    Alan Beyerchen and Emre Spencer (eds.), Expeditionary Forces in the First World War
    Tomas Irish, Universities at War
    Rudyard Kipling, Kim
    The Arabian Nights

    • 40 min
    War Hospital

    War Hospital

    What happens when you turn a First World War medical process into a computer game?
     
    This month Angus, Jessica, and Chris take control of wartime medicine in the game War Hospital. Along the way we discuss the importance of evacuation, difficult ethical decisions, and why Chris' conscience is completely clear. If you listen to this episode and share it on social media you can also win a free copy of the game!
     
    References:
    War Hospital (2024)
    An Unequal Burden, Jessica Meyer (2019)
    Regeneration, Pat Barker (1991)

    • 48 min
    The Grizzled

    The Grizzled

    What happens when you turn the French experience of the war into a cooperative game?
    This month Jessica, Angus, and Chris played The Grizzled a cooperative game focused on guiding a group of French soldiers through the war. Along the way they discuss the morale boosting merits of different drinks, the difference between physical and mental traumas, and whether they are now obliged to design their own British version.
    References:
    The Grizzled
    Meyer, Jessica, Kempshall, Chris, Pöhlmann, Markus: Life and Death of Soldiers , in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
    Kempshall, Chris: Le Poilu , in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
    Meyer, Jessica, Kempshall, Chris, Pöhlmann, Markus: Life and Death of Soldiers , in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
    Smith, Leonard V. Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I (2003)
    Tardi, Jaques Goddam this war! (2013)
    War Hospital
     

    • 41 min
    Women at War

    Women at War

    What happens when you set a telenovela in First World War France? 
    This month Chris, Angus and Jessica review the Netflix limited series Les Combattantes (Women at War). Along the way, we discuss untranslatable words, the relationship between war atrocities and propaganda, recreational drug use, and the excellent communication links of a small-town convent.
    References:
    Women at war, (2022)
    The Bonfire of Destiny, (2019)
    RH Mottram, The Spanish Farm,  (1924)
    John Horne and Alan Kramer, German Atrocities, 1914: A history of denial (2001)
    Lukasz Kamienski, Shooting Up: A history of drugs in warfare (2016) 

    • 50 min
    They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    What should we take from a First World War documentary?
     
    Following our adventure to Canada for the International Society for First World War Studies conference, we welcome Prof Robert Burgoyne to discuss his keynote paper on the Peter Jackson film They Shall Not Grow Old (2018).
     
    Along the way, we explore the ways in which war films can quote from each other, differences in structure to the film 1917, and the importance of audience expectations when creating a historical piece.
     
    References
    Robert Burgoyne, The New American War Film (2023)
    Santanu Das, ‘Colors of the Past: Archive, Art and Amnesia in a Digital Era’, American Historical Review 124.5 (2019)
    Otto Dix, Der Krieg (1924)
    Adrian Gregory, The Silence of Memory (1994)
    Samuel Hynes, A War Imagined (1991)
    Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old (1918)
    Sam Mendes, 1917 (1919)
    Bal Mieke, Quoting Caravaggio: Contemporary Art, Preposterous History (1999)
    Lewis Millstone, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    Stephen Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan (1930)
    Allison Tanine, ‘Digital Film Restoration and the Politics of Whiteness in Peter Jackson’s, They Shall Not Grow Old’, Quarterly Review of Film and Video 39.5 (2021)
    Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier (1918)

    • 51 min
    The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

    The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

    How did the First World War inspire the horror genre?
     
    This month we welcome W. Scott Poole (Charleston) to discuss his 2018 book Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror. Along the way we discuss the American experience of war, the importance of J'Accuse, and the political affiliations of 20th century zombies.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

DeCive2023 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable and instructive

Really enjoying this podcast. Such range, insight, humour and with different viewpoints, plus great recommendations of what to watch, read and visit.

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