Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War
This one-day NZ-UK Link Foundation Inaugural Annual Lecture is being run in association with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), one of the institutes of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, and is part of the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Programme Partnership.
Featuring Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, it will examine the imperial dynamics of a war that went beyond the Western Front and also explore the fact that, although before the Great War Britain possessed vast colonies with millions of subjects, it was not a democracy. In 1914 approximately forty per cent of British men did not have the right to vote and, overseas, Britain controlled an empire which circumscribed the rights of many small nations.