Prof. Peter Stanley: Locus of fates: reflections on Lemnos's place in Great War history
Have some time and check what Professor Peter Stanley emailed to the organizing Committee of the International Conference "Lemnos Island, Armistice of Mudros and the End of WW1: History and Legacies".
The paper I will present is named : "Locus of fates: reflections on Lemnos's place in Great War history"
Lemnos?s location in the Aegean gave it what Hollywood would call a "star supporting role" in the events of the Great War in the region. As the base for the Anglo-French invasion of Gallipoli it became literally the birthplace of Anzac, and as the anchorage of HMS Agamemnon in 1918 it became the scene of the signing of the armistice which ended conflict between the ottoman empire and its enemies. Many of those who arrived on Lemnos in 1915 did not survive the war, or survived it drastically changed. The future of the peoples and nations of the entire eastern Mediterranean region were affected by the words drafted and agreed in Moudros harbour in October 1918. In a decade of intensive writing about the Great War in general and the Gallipoli campaign in particular, the individuals I?ve followed have turned up on Lemnos. This is an opportunity to reflect on the island that connects them, and us, as we contemplate the closing year of the Great War centenary.
Prof. Peter Stanley of UNSW Canberra is one of Australia?s most active historians of the Great War. Formerly the Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial where he worked from 1980 to 2007, he has been Research Professor at UNSW Canberra since 2013. Peter has published over 30 books, mostly on Australian military history. He has published ten books on the Great War, and his 2010 book Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the AIF was jointly awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. Peter was the inaugural President of the iconoclastic community history group Honest History and frequently appears in the media commenting on Australia?s relationship with its history.
Prof. Peter Stanley, FAHA
University of NSW Canberra
at the Australian Defence Force Academy
Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society
Prof. Stanley will present his paper on May 27th,2018
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