Guest Speakers


John Horne

A member of the Royal Irish Academy, John Horne is professor of Modern European History at Trinity College, Dublin. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century France and the Great War, in a comparative and transnational perspective.

His most recent publications include War in peace : paramilitary violence in Europe after the Great War, Oxford University Press, 2012 (with Robert Gerwarth); A Companion to World War One, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010; Our War : Ireland and the Great War, Royal Irish Academy, 2008 and German Atrocities, 1915 : A history of denial, Yale University Press, 2001 with Alan Kramer).

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Pavillon De Sève (UQAM), Saturday 26 avril, 14:30-16:15, "The Long Road of the West: France, Modernity and the Great War"


Martha Hanna

Martha Hanna is a specialist in the history of Modern France, with a particular interest in the cultural history of the First World War. A graduate of Georgetown University, she is professor at University of Colorado in Boulder.

She is the author of The Mobilisation of Intellect French Scholars and Writers during the Great War, Harvard University Press, 1996 and Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War, Harvard University Press, 2008.

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Luncheon (Hôtel des Gouverneurs), Friday 25 April, 12:30-14:15, "Somewhere in Belgium or France it don't matter which : Seeing France through Foreign Eyes, 1914-1918"


Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark is Professor of Modern European History and Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge.  He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.  An Australian by birth, he took his BA at the University of Sydney and his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

His main publications include Iron Kingdom. The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 (London: Penguin/Allen Lane, 2006/ Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006) and Kaiser Wilhelm II. A Life in Power (London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2009).   His most recent book, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to war in 1914 (London: Allen Lane, 2012/ New York: HarperCollins, 2013), is of  particular interest to the 2014 meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies.

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Pavillon De Sève (UQAM), Friday 25 April, 16:30-18:15, "France and the Origins of the Great War".

Conference sponsored by the German Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal


Antoine Prost

Antoine Prost is Emeritus Professor of History at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.  He has directed the Centre d'histoire sociale du XXe siècle, and is president of the Academic and Pedagogical Committee of the Fondation nationale de la résistance, the Academic Committee of the Mémorial de Verdun, as well as of the Academic Committee of the Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale.

He wrote his thèse d'État, entitled Les Anciens Combattants et la société française, 1914-1939, on the effects of the Great War on French society through the prism of the experience of the veterans.  Amongst his numerous other books are Douze leçons sur l'histoire (Paris: Seuil, 1996); The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present (with Jay Winter, Cambridge University Press, 2005); La Grande Guerre expliquée à mon petit-fils (Paris: Seuil, 2005); and most recently, Du Changement dans l'Ecole - les réformes de l'education de 1936 à nos jours (Paris: Seuil, 2013).

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Hôtel Hyatt, Place des Arts, Saturday 26 April, 18:30-21:00 : "Quelle guerre la France commémore-t-elle en 2014?"