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The Appeal to Honour and the Decision for War

Date and time

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 15:00 - 16:30

Venue

Coombs Extension Lecture Theatre 1.04 (Bldg 9) ANU

Tuesday 12 August 3.00pm

Dr Robin Archer, London School of Economics

Coombs Extension Lecture Theatre 1.04 (Bldg 9) ANU

This paper marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. In Australia, the arrival of the war often seems to be treated like a bushfire or an ‘Act of God’. And there is surprisingly little attention to how uncertain entry into the war was for Britain and its Dominions, and how finely balanced the forces for and against intervention were. The paper examines the role of appeals to honour in the decision for war in the English-speaking world.

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