In 1993 I completed my PhD research on the writings of Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), which was later published in an British and American trade edition: Siegfried Sassoon: Scorched Glory (Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, 1997). In true Sassoon-fashion I had ‘stumbled’ (‘stumbling’ and ‘blundering’ are recurring words in Sassoon’s war writings) across his Sherston-trilogy in my first year at Amsterdam University. It led me to his war poetry, to other war poets, and to that whole historical & socio-cultural phenomenon: the Great War and its impact on British society.
It made me wonder what had happened in my own native country, the Netherlands, at the time. I knew it had remained neutral, but at school we had never been told anything about the period, and it seemed to me that in a country that was so near the battlefields of the Western Front and so close to two of the main warring nations, Britain and Germany, the war could hardly have passed unnoticed.
Paul Moeyes with NOS for ceremony end of WW1
Louis Raemakers bridge opening
The Years of the Sword, a preview
I am very happy to announce the coming publication of my new book (De Zwaardjaren, The years of the Sword) on the 7th of february 2017. As a teaser I present you with a preview of the introduction of the book with some of its images.
You can read the Dutch version of the preview here.
The publishing will be done by the Arbeiderspers and more information about the publication and where to order the book can be found at: http://www.singeluitgeverijen.nl/de-arbeiderspers/boek/de-zwaardjaren/
Lecture in Oostende
In october 2016 Paul has given a lecture in Oostende, Belgium about the relation between Belgium and the Netherlands during W.O. 1
The main subject was aboout the Belgian refugees and soldiers who had fled to the Netherlands during the first part of the war and the influence of the role of the neutrality of the Netherlands.
There were many listeners who reacted afterwards with a lot of enthousiasm