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Alternative armies: Questioning national narratives about the Second World War - 28 January 2022

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This event, from the The Second World War Research Group Global Seminar Series, will explore how service in alternative armies can be used to question national narratives about the Second World War.

Nations began crafting narratives about the history of the Second World War even during the war itself. Today, these narratives continue to enjoy a prominent place in both current historiography and popular memory.

However, the boundaries of nation and national affiliation are often ambiguous, which raises important questions about the limits of nationally configured narratives in a global war.

Our four contributors reflect on what national narratives mean in the contexts of the British Empire, the Indian National Army, Poland, the Italian Co-Belligerent Army, and Irish participation in the British armed forces. They seek to address the core challenge of how to reconcile and accommodate the nuance and complexity needed to produce international or global history, while still recognising that nationalism and national identity meant much to many combatants.

The panellists will speak for about 40 minutes, which will be followed by time for discussion and questions. The session will be held on Zoom and will be recorded. The event is free but booking is essential. Please book using this link.

If you aren't able to attend live, but have a question you would like the panellists, or for further information, please email Dr Alex Wilson.

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