Len's Summary: The author is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado-Boulder who spoke at the WFA 2006 National Seminar. This is highly personal, powerful and moving perspective on The Great War drawn from hundreds of letters exchanged by a French newlywed couple separated by the conflict. Dr. Hanna is also the author of The Mobilization of Intellect: French Scholars and Writers during the Great War (Harvard, 1996).
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.