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Inside World War One? Ego Documents and the Experience of War

23-25 October 2014

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Richard Bessel (University of York) Heather Jones/Sönke Neitzel (London School of Economics) and Dorothee Wierling (German Historical Institute London)

The conference will address the increased interest in ego-documents from the First World War, by discussing their value both as part of a broader belief in the ‘authentic’ access to historical events that they may bring as well as their use to professional historians. The opportunity will be used both to bring the east as well as the west into the frame, and to compare the nature of ego-documents coming from different cultures. Participants will discuss a broad variety of empirical studies extending over various geographical locations, the social origins of those who produced the ego-documents and the themes highlighted in the sources.

Workshop programme (PDF file)

Conference report (PDF file), published in: GHIL Bulletin 37 (2015), Vol 1