In a new exhibition entitled Glimpses: British Visions of War & Peace, a selection of topics on 20th century British history demonstrates the richness and variety of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives’ holdings on modern Britain. The exhibition was produced by the students in a Stanford History Department class taught by Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History emeritus, in the spring quarter of 2016.
The student curators explore four diverse glimpses into the British past, inspired by their research in the Archives: a German internment camp for British prisoners during the First World War, a collection of landscapes made by British official war artists during the First World War, maps proposing the partition of Palestine in 1938, and the collaboration between the American Office of Strategic Services and the British Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.
While only scratching the surface of what is available in the Hoover Archives, these glimpses suggest lines of inquiry that can vastly enrich our understanding of the past and inform our perception of life today.
Glimpses: British Visions of War & Peace will be on display in the Hoover Tower at Stanford University from June 2 through July 31, 2016, and open to the public, free of charge from 10am to 4pm.