Conflict & Society Seminar 1

Join us for Autonomy and independence in German captivity during the First World War presented by Dr Aaron Pegram.

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UNSW Canberra Conflict and Society Research Group welcome back the Conflict and Society Webinar series for 2021.

This examination of the 4,000 First World War Australian servicemen held prisoner in Germany departs from the usual focus on victimhood and trauma. Although conditions and treatment varied significantly, Dr Aaron Pegram from the Australian War Memorial exposes how Australian prisoners of war frequently took pride in their health and appearance, attended daily parades, and respected the rank of their captors and fellow captives. Prisoners used their few freedoms to create the best possible conditions to improve their chances of survival. Dr Pegram’s most recent book is Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916-18 (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Find out more about the Conflict & Society Seminars here.

Meet the Speaker: Dr Aaron Pegram

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Dr Aaron Pegram is a senior historian at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. As well as working on a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Memorial and other cultural institutions, Aaron is the editor, co-author and author of Both Sides of the Wire: the Memoir of an Australian officer Captured on the Western Front (2011), Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century (with Joan Beaumont and Lachlan Grant, 2015), For Valour: Australians awarded the Victoria Cross (with Craig Blanch, 2018) and Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916-18 (2020). He is the recipient of the C.E.W. Bean Prize in Military History (2018), has a BA (Hons) from Charles Sturt University and a PhD from the Australian National University.