Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2018
Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario, Nov. 7, 7:00pm at the LCMSDS
“From Farm to Front: The First World War and Rural Canada”
When Canada went to war in 1914, it was a nation dominated by rural life. Yet much of what we know about Canada in that period comes from the cities. When viewed from the back concessions, hamlets, and farms of rural Canada, the First World War looks quite different from what we are used to. Using rich local sources, “From Farm to Front” takes us back to a Canadian war experience that you may not recognize.
Jonathan F. Vance is a Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University where he teaches military history, Canadian history and social memory. He is the author of many books and articles, including Death So Noble (1997), Unlikely Soldiers (2008), Maple Leaf Empire (2011) and A Township at War (2018).