The Belfast International Arts Festival will host a special panel based talk on the legacy of the First World War.

Without the Great War, much of Europe’s history in the twentieth century cannot be adequately explained. The rise of fascism and bolshevism, or the escalation of an even more violent conflict between 1939 and 1945 are unthinkable without the Great War. 

One hundred years after the end of the war, the legacies of that conflict still haunt us today, be it in Ireland or – even more strikingly – in the Middle East and in the current conflict between Russia and the Middle East. Here, the war raised questions that remain unanswered even today.

This special event will feature input from:

Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the Centre for War Studies. He also serves as Vice-Principal for Global Engagement in the College of Arts and Humanities. After studying history and political science in Berlin, he completed his DPhil and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University.

Prof. Gerwarth has also held research fellowships or visiting professorships at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Sciences Po Paris. In 2013-14 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Herder Institute in Marburg and a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His latest book The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End was recently published by Allen Lane.

Dr. Marie Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of The Irish Revolution (2013), The Irish Sweep (2009) and County Longford and the Irish Revolution (2002) as well as numerous articles on modern Irish history.

She is involved in a number of projects relating to commemoration of the Irish decade of centenaries and is currently working on the experience of revolutionary veterans after independence, with particular reference to women.

Margaret O’Callaghan MA (NUI) PhD (Cambridge) is an historian and political analyst at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. A former Laski Research Scholar at St John’s College Cambridge and a former Fellow of Sidney Sussex, College, she has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Notre Dame.

She is the author of numerous works on aspects of British high politics and the state apparatus in Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the revolution, on the fringe-fenian press, the careers of Richard Pigott and Tom Kettle. 

The event will be hosted by Ronan McGreevy from The Irish Times. He was educated at NUI Galway. He has previously worked with The Times, the London Evening Standard and The Irish Post. He has also worked as a radio and television producer with the BBC and Sky News.

Event Details


Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 19:00

Centenary Event

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