College of Liberal Arts

Talk: Dr. Martha Hanna, UC Boulder

Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 4:00 PM | HRC, Prothro Theatre

Please join us for “Somewhere in Belgium or France it Don’t Matter Which: What Can the Canadian Expeditionary Force Tell Us about Consent and Coercion in the Great War?” on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 4:00pm, in the Ransom Center’s Prothro Theatre. The talk is presented by Dr. Martha Hanna, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Professor Hanna is a specialist in the history of modern France, with a particular interest in the First World War. She is the author of The Mobilization of Intellect: French Scholars and Writers During the Great War, published by Harvard University Press (1996) and several articles on the cultural history of France during the early twentieth century, including "A Republic of Letters: The Epistolary Tradition in World War I France" which appeared in the American Historical Review (December 2003). During a research trip to Paris in June 2000 she unearthed a previously unknown collection of wartime letters written by a peasant couple, Paul and Marie Pireaud. Numbering well over a thousand letters, the Pireaud collection – perhaps the only extant collection of letters written by French peasants that includes the letters of both husband and wife – became the foundation of Your Death Would be Mine:  Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War. Published by Harvard University Press in 2006, Your Death Would be Mine won the J. Russell Major Prize from the American Historical Association in 2007, the Colorado Book Award (2007), and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History in 2008.  A translated edition, Ta Mort serait la mienne, was published in France in 2008.  A contributor to several international collaborative projects to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Professor Hanna has two essays scheduled for publication in 2014:  “The Couple,” to appear in volume III of The Cambridge History of the First World War, and “Feldpost/Interactions Front-Home,” in the International Encyclopedia of the First World War.

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This event is hosted by: Center for European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, Cultural Service at the Consulate General France in Houston, Department of History, Institute for Historical Studies, France-UT Institute, Harry Ransom Center and, above all, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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