Edward Madigan

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
I am the Resident Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and a visiting fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. My work combines cultural, military and religious history and my main research interests are British identity and culture in wartime, and the British and Irish experience and memory of the Great War. Since joining the CWGC I have begun to explore British attitudes to wartime death and the treatment of the war dead during and after the first and second world wars. As a historian of the Great War and the Irish Revolution I have appeared on British, Irish, U.S. and Australian television. I also sit on the UK Government's Centenary Events Planning Group, the Executive Committee of the International Society for First World War Studies, and the editorial board of the 1914-1918 Online Encyclopedia. My first book, Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War, was published in 2011, and I recently co-edited a volume of essays on the history, memory and commemoration of the decade of the First World War in Ireland.

The UK government has now formally announced that it will stage a commemorative event to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belgium on 4 August 2014. Commemorating the start … Continue reading

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Morality in Wartime Britain

Presented by Dr Edward Madigan, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this video and audio podcast explores morality and the role of the British clergy during the First World War. Watch and download the podcast at:¬†http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/morality-wartime-britain-video. This podcast is part of the … Continue reading

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Commemoration and Conciliation during the Royal Visit to Ireland

‘The people are not only enchanted with the Queen and the gracious kindness of her manner, and the confidence she has shown in them, but they are pleased with themselves for their own good feelings and behaviour, which they consider … Continue reading

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