Academic expertise

Leicester academics with expertise on aspects of the First World War include:

Colin Hyde

Colin manages the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) which holds recordings of people talking about World War 1.

Professor Julie Coleman

As part of her research into slang dictionaries from 1567 to 1984 (so far), Julie Coleman examined published and unpublished glossaries and dictionaries of WWI slang. Several of these word-lists have agenda in additional to their lexicographic function of recording the use of the words listed, including boosting recruitment and morale, memorializing the fallen and promoting pacifism.

Dr Alexander Korb

Dr Korb is currently working on a piece on War and Violence on the Balkans, 1870-1920.

Dr Clare Brock

Clare Brock’s research in this period completes her Wellcome Trust-funded project (WT096499AIA) on Women Surgeons 1860-1918.  It is concerned with the work of British woman surgeons, both abroad and on the home front, the surgical opportunities with which they were presented during the Great War, as well as the ways in which they were perceived more widely in contemporary society.

Dr Mark Rawlinson

Dr Rawlinson’s anthology First World War Plays will be published by Methuen in August 2014. He is currently working on a monograph to be titled The Future of First World War Poetry which will assess the legacy in British poetry of the modern idea of the war poet. He has also published essays on First World War poetry:

  • ‘Later Poets of the First World War’ in Santanu Das, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • ‘Sassoon, Owen, Rosenberg and Thomas’ in Michael O’Neill, ed., The Cambridge History of English Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Wilfred Owen’ in Tim Kendall, ed., Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry, (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Professor Stuart Ball

Professor Ball focuses on British political history during the First World War and the inter-war period, specifically focusing upon (a) the Conservative Party, and (b) the Reform Act of 1918.

Adam Prime

India and The Great War

"India's contribution to the First World War in every sense of the word. Indian soldiers' - and their British officers' - experiences on the Western Front, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia and the Middle East. Central to my research is India itself; and the actions undertaken there to defend the North West Frontier. There was the threat of invasion and the tribes of Northern India did not relax simply because there was a war on. Particularly important is the experience of the European officers of the Indian Army."

The British Campaign in Italy

"The British Army had to go to the aid of their Italian allies after their defeat at Caporetto. My research asks how the mountainous Italian Front compared to fighting in France and Flanders. It also compares the tactics used in Italy to those on the Western Front; including the newly formed Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force). It also looks at the differences in culture and language which the men of the British Army experienced in Italy."

Dr Alun Wyburn-Powell

Alun Wyburn-Powell’s area of research is the impact of the First World War on Britain's political parties and in particular the role it played in the decline of the Liberal Party and the rise of the Labour Party.

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