Winter Lecture Series – Teresa Iacobelli and “Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War”


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LCMSDS Winter Lecture Series

12 March 2014 at 7:15pm

Teresa Iacobelli
“Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War”

death-or-deliveranceSoldiers found guilty of desertion or cowardice during the Great War faced death by firing squad. Novels, histories, movies and television series often depict courts martial as brutal and inflexible, and social memories of this system of frontline justice have inspired modern movements to seek pardons for soldiers executed on the battlefield. Dr. Teresa Iacobelli will look beyond the stories of callous generals and quick executions to consider the trials of nearly two hundred soldiers who were sentenced to death but spared by a disciplinary system capable of thoughtful review and compassion. In this presentation Iacobelli will reconsider an important chapter in the history of both a war and a nation.

Teresa Iacobelli received her MA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow. She has published aspects of her research on soldiers’ justice, “Arbitrary Justice?: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian Death Sentences Passed and Commuted during the First World War,” in the Winter 2007 issue of Canadian Military History. Her current research examines how the two world war have been portrayed in popular media and how these depictions have shaped Canadian identity and social memories of war. Iacobelli also has over thirteen years of experience in public history, including past positions with the Rockefeller Archive Center and the Canadian War Museum.

You can read more about her here.

Copies of Dr. Iacobelli’s book, “Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War,” will be available for purchase.

This lecture will be held at LCMSDS, 232 King St N, Waterloo, ON.
Please call 519.884.0710 x 2280 for more information.


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