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April 11, 2022
4:00pm to 6:00pm
6275 Bunche Hall

Susan Grayzel's talk on April 11th, from 4:00-6:00pm at 6275 Bunche Hall.  Attendance for this event is also available via Zoom.  Registration is required if attending via Zoom.

"The First World War introduced the widespread use of lethal chemical arms. In its aftermath, the British government, like that of many states, had to prepare civilians to confront such weapons in a future war. Over the course of the interwar period, it developed individual anti-gas protection as a cornerstone of civil defence. The Age of the Gas Mask traces the fascinating history of one object – the civilian gas mask – through the years 1915–1945 and, in so doing, reveals the reach of modern, total war and the limits of the state trying to safeguard civilian life in an extensive empire. Drawing on records from Britain's Colonial, Foreign, India, Home, and War Offices and other archives alongside newspapers, journals, personal accounts and cultural sources, Susan Grayzel connects the histories of the First and Second World Wars, combatants and civilians, men and women, metropole and colony, illuminating how new technologies of warfare shaped culture, politics, and society."