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How the Second World War still shapes our lives

03 April 2014 (16:00-18:00)

The School of International Studies is pleased to invite you to attend a talk by Dr Patrick Finney, Reader in International History.

About the talk

This presentation arises from a book project surveying global collective remembrance of the Second World War since the end of the Cold War. Its core claim is that the last two decades have seen an explosive upsurge of new remembering of the Second World War, such that more than seventy years since it was fought the war is a near ubiquitous presence across a bewildering array of political, social and cultural discourses. The presentation will survey the landscape of this new remembering, exploring the quantitative and qualitative characteristics that make this a novel and distinctive phase in collective remembrance of the war. It will also explore the causes of this 'memory boom', offer some thoughts about its meaning and significance, and speculate about the likely future of cultural memory of the Second World War in our present.

Speaker biography

Patrick Finney has a BA in International History and Politics and a PhD in International History from the University of Leeds, and joined the Department in September 2002. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the British International History Group. His research interests range widely across twentieth century international history, collective memory, and theory and method in historical writing. His last monograph offered a reading of the historiography of the origins of the Second World War as a discourse of collective memory, and he is currently completing a book on the global collective memory of that conflict since the end of the Cold War for Oxford University Press. His teaching interests include Second World War collective memory, international politics in the Balkans and cultural approaches to international history. He has recently served as Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department. In 2012-2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at St Peter's College, Oxford.