To End All Wars?

Geopolitical Aftermath and
commemorative legacies of the First World War

About TEAW?


At the end of 1914 H. G. Wells published The War That Will End War, a collection of patriotic essays justifying Britain’s participation in the war. The title sounds familiar as it was taken up later on in other contexts, particularly by the British prime minister David Lloyd George and the American president Woodrow Wilson (‘the war to end (all) wars’).

With To End All Wars? the In Flanders Fields Museum (Ypres) and CEGESOMA (Brussels) once again return to this historic title for a multi-day conference, to tackle two questions: what were the consequences of the new geopolitical order installed after this so-called ‘last war’, and how is the legacy of both war and post-war order remembered up to the present day?

In 1918 the Armistice should have ended the war. But weapons did not fall silent. The war had shattered four ancient empires. Their collapse created power vacuums, exposed old wounds and created new ones. The Paris peace conference in 1919 and a series of subsequent treaties modelled a new world order that offered hardly any solutions. Geopolitically speaking it sometimes seems as if the consequences of the First World War are not yet fully over.

And don’t we seem to find the reverberations of this in the (almost finished) centenary? How remarkable is it that some of the speeches during the centenary celebration between 2014 and 2018 hardly differed from the antagonistic language of the allied side in 1919? And why, for example, do many voices from the Islamic world still criticize the negative results of a certain First World War treaty for the Middle-East?

To End All Wars? wants to take stock of various forms of legacy and meaning of the First World War as they have revealed themselves in the course of the past one hundred years. From the unique perspective of remembrance carried by Ypres, we will critically reflect on the past four year centenary, also asking the question which meaning the First World War will or should still have in the future.

TEAW? Program


22 Aug Day 1

TEAW? Day 1

Event Properties

Event Date 22 August 2018
Individual Price € 40 / Students € 30
Location CC Perron Theaterzaal
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23 Aug Day 2

TEAW? Day 2

Event Properties

Event Date 23 August 2018
Individual Price € 40 / Students € 30
Location CC Perron Theaterzaal
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24 Aug Day 3

TEAW? Day 3

Event Properties

Event Date 24 August 2018
Individual Price € 40 / Students € 30
Location CC Perron Theaterzaal
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25 Aug Day 4

TEAW? Day 4

Event Properties

Event Date 25 August 2018
Individual Price € 40 / Students € 30
Location CC Perron Theaterzaal
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Lecturers


Stefan Berger

Stefan Berger

Ruhr University Bochum

Pieter Lagrou

Pieter Lagrou

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Carole Fink

Carole Fink

Ohio State University

Alex Dowdall

Alex Dowdall

University of Manchester

Rae Frances

Rae Frances

Australian National University

Jan Schmidt

Jan Schmidt

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Dominiek Dendooven

Dominiek Dendooven

In Flanders Fields Museum

Glenford D. Howe

Glenford D. Howe

University of West Indies

Isa Blumi

Isa Blumi

Stockholm University

Jay Winter

Jay Winter

Yale University

Laurence van Ypersele

Laurence van Ypersele

Université catholique de Louvain

Chantal Kesteloot

Chantal Kesteloot

Cegesoma

Bruno De Wever

Bruno De Wever

Universiteit Gent

Mark Connelly

Mark Connelly

School of History at the University of Kent

Stefan Goebel

Stefan Goebel

School of History at the University of Kent/ Centre for the History of War, Media and Society

Paul Gough

Paul Gough

RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC

Piet Chielens

Piet Chielens

In Flanders Fields Museum

Nicolas Offenstadt

Nicolas Offenstadt

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Neil Faulkner

Neil Faulkner

University of Bristol/ No Glory

Edward Madigan

Edward Madigan

Royal Holloway, University of London

Bruce Scates

Bruce Scates

Australian National University

Nico Wouters

Nico Wouters

CEGESOMA – Belgian State Archives

Fringe Program


Day 2: Traces of War

Day 2: Traces of War

Day 2: Assembly – Memorial Chairs

Day 2: Assembly – Memorial Chairs

Day 3: Visit to CWxRM

Day 3: Visit to CWxRM

Day 4: Final Event

Day 4: Final Event

TEAW? Location


Research Centre In Flanders Fields Museum

Sint-Maartensplein 3 8900 Ieper

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