Cultural programme

Communities under fire by Dr Alex Dowdall

Civilians at the western front, 1914-1918

Traditionally, historians have examined the First World War from the perspective of the military – either generals, or ordinary soldiers in the trenches. Dr Alex Dowdall, Research Associate and Lecturer in the Cultural History of Modern War at the University of Manchester, will present an alternative picture of the Western Front. His talk will follow the lives of civilians among the ruins of the Western Front’s bombarded towns. He will analyse how they responded to the experience of military violence and consider how their experiences shaped their relationships with the French state.

Place: Alliance Française de Manchester
Date: Friday 14 December
Time: 5:30PM

Free admission - Everyone welcome