OUS Canberra (ACT) - Event with Professor Sir Hew Strachan

Military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan reflected on the 2014 commemoration activities of the beginning of the First World War at a recent alumni reception in Canberra.

Thirty-six members of the Oxford and Cambridge Australian Capital Territory (ACT) societies attended the drinks and canapes reception at University House, Australian National University (ANU) to hear Sir Hew’s talk.

The Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford University placed the commemoration activities in the context of the 2015 Gallipoli/ANZAC commemorations in Australia.

Sir Hew was Director of the Oxford Program on the Changing Character of War, 2003 to 2012. In December 2012, Foreign Policy magazine included him in its list of the top global thinkers of the year.

His lecture began from the premise, “we think of centenaries from where we are now, rather than how it was seen at the time”. 

And he concluded with a comment of “when does war have utility” when viewed in a cross-temporal sense, reflecting on the First World War and the Second World War.

Colin Steele, OUS Canberra (ACT)