Conference: War, Society, and Culture, c.1688-1830

A 2-day conference exploring all aspects of the history of war in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Date: 02-07-2015 until 03-07-2015
Time: 10:30 - 16:30

The conference includes over 30 papers on all aspects of the relationships between warfare, the armed forces (both the army and the navy), society, and culture without geographic restriction in the long eighteenth century. Themes include:

  • memories and memorials of war
  • politics and diplomacy
  • the interaction between the armed forces and society
  • encounters with others through military service
  • violence
  • transnational connections and experiences
  • life in the armed forces
  • war and armed forces in art and literature
  • the material culture of war and armed forces
  • martial identities

You can view the full conference programme.

Public lecture: "Waterloo: Violence in Words and in Images"  

Professor Philip Dwyer (University of Newcastle) will be delivering the keynote lecture. The talk explores nineteenth century visual and literary products of the battle to assess English, French and European reactions to Waterloo and the end of Napoleon. As these works move beyond ‘objective’ reporting to interpretation, it explores a series of social and cultural attitudes, including the meaning of defeat, violence and its memory. 

The lecture will be held at The Royal Armouries. It includes entrance to the Waterloo, 1815 the Art of Battle Exhibition with the exhibition curator on hand to discuss the works. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.


You can register for the conference online. Conference fees are:

  • £150 for delegates
  • £125 for speakers
  • The conference dinner is £35

Accommodation is available at £45 per night, including breakfast.

Public lecture registration only

You can register to just attend the keynote lecture online 

  • £15, including access to the Waterloo, 1815 the Art of Battle Exhibition and drink reception

Further information

If you have any queries please email

Location: University of Leeds
Cost: £150