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Architect of Victory? Douglas Haig and the Great War

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Derek John Patrick - Speaker

William Kenefick - Speaker

Heroes and Villains, The Tenth Annual University of Dundee Culture Day: Douglas Haig remains a divisive figure. For many Haig is largely responsible for tens of thousands of Great War dead, an obstinate and detached commander-in-chief, whose refusal to engage with new technology cost the lives of many of his men. Criticised by later politicians and pilloried by historians, Haig’s reputation has suffered, conditioning public perceptions of the man who arguably led the British army to its greatest victory. However, in the wake of the Great War, the Field Marshal enjoyed unprecedented popularity, working tirelessly for veterans’ charities. This paper will explore the man and the myth in an attempt to establish whether he was a hero or villain.
1 Oct 2014

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NameUniversity of Dundee

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