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IHR Winter Conference 2017: Civil Wars

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IHR Winter Conference 2017: Civil Wars


20 January 2017, Wolfson Conference Suite, IHR

The Syrian Civil War is now in its 6th year. It prompts a consideration of the nature of civil wars in general and the term ‘civil war’ itself. Is it a helpful label when considering events as different as the English and French Revolutions (both of which have been called civil wars), the American Civil War of the 1860s, the Russian Civil War after the 1917 Revolution, and the events in Spain in the 1930s? Do Civil Wars share certain features or is this a term of art that obscures the uniqueness of each separate historical situation? This conference will question the conceptualisation and language of civil discord.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Salwa Ismail (SOAS)
  • Professor David Parrott (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Alan Forrest (University of York)
  • Dr Adam Smith (UCL)
  • Professor Orlando Figes (Birkbeck College)
  • Professor Paul Preston (LSE)

For the preliminary conference programme, please click here.

Full fee: £35

Student/unwaged/retired/ IHR Friend: £25

(Includes all refreshment breaks and lunches)

Register online now

The Winter Conference 2017 will be proceeded by the IHR Historical Research Plenary Lecture (sponsored by Wiley) on the 19 January 2017 at 6pm in the Wolfson Conference Suite. Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) will give a talk on The English Revolution as a Civil War.  This event is free to attend but registration is required. Register online now here.

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