The Long Road to Peace

Presenter: Professor Sir Hew Strachan
BBC Radio 3 | The Essay | Tx 3-7 April 2017 @ 22.45

Producer: Catriona Oliphant
Executive Producer: Alan Hall


Military historian Hew Strachan reflects upon five waypoints along the road to peace in the First World War.

The quest for peace is part of the warp and weft of war. Throughout the First World War, peace negotiations were conducted alongside visceral military conflict. Peace proposals were advanced during the first winter of the War, but it was in December 1916 with President Wilson’s famous ‘Peace’ Note that the serious push for peace began. Nearly seven years later, the First World War officially concluded with the signing in 1923 of the Treaty of Lausanne, marking peace in the Levant.

The five waypoints:

(1)  Enter the Peace Broker
(2) Peace in the Land of the Soviets
(3) Armistice
(4) The World Comes to Paris
(5) Peace in the Levant

Presenter: Sir Hew Strachan is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford (2002- 2015) and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War (2003-2012). He is a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner.

In 2015, he presented ChromeRadio’s Ayo Gorkhali – The Gurkhas are Coming, a R4 Documentary of the Week, on 200 years of Gurkha engagement with the British army.

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