On June 24, 2016, Dr Pierre Purseigle gave a lecture on "Fields of Battle and Territories of Mobilization. The Urban Geography of the First World War". The lecture was a part of an international workshop "Urban Experiences of the Great War in Eastern Europe".
Urban historians have played and continue to play a significant role in the field of First World War Studies. This lecture considered some of the ways in which urban historians may deepen our comparative understanding of the conflict. In particular, it focused on the dynamics of urban mobilization to show historians of towns and cities can contribute to current attempts at rethinking both the chronology and the geography of the First World War.
Dr Pierre Purseigle is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is President of the International Society for First World War Studies and Editor-in-Chief of First World War Studies, the Society’s peer-reviewed journal. He is the author of Mobilisation, Sacrifice, Citoyenneté. Angleterre-France, 1900-1918 (Paris: 2013), a comparative history of urban mobilization in England and France during the war. His most recent article, co-authored with Prof. Olivier Compagnon, is "Geographies of Mobilization and Territories of Belligerence during the First World War", published in Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 71/1, 2016.