Webinar Series

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person lectures have been postponed indefinitely, but we have been providing a platform for the newest scholarship in the study of war and society in history for over twenty-five years and have no plans of stopping. Welcome to the Laurier Military History Webinar Series page!

Registration is FREE for all of our webinars. Please ensure that you register for the correct webinar by clicking on the registration link beside the speaker you wish to see. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link to the webinar. All webinars begin at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) and are approximately 90 minutes in length.

If you have any questions about the Laurier Military History Webinar Series, please e-mail Eric at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you at our Webinar Series!

Winter 2021 Speakers


Anxious Days and Tearful Nights: How Canadian War Wives Experienced the Great War

Martha Hanna

February 10th at 7:00 pm EST

Eighty-thousand Canadian women had their lives upended when their husbands enlisted for overseas service during the First World War, and yet we have known very little about how they experienced the war, coped with the challenges of separation and “single parenthood,” and struggled with the emotional anxiety occasioned by their husbands’ absence. In this talk, Martha Hanna will focus on how the extraordinary circumstances of 1917 – an uncommonly cold winter, even by Canadian standards; the resumption of submarine warfare; and the never-ending conflict in which Canada played an ever more significant role – affected the lives of these heretofore invisible women.

MARTHA HANNA, Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is a scholar of the First World War. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the University of Toronto, she received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University.  Her book, Your Death Would Be Mine:  Paul and Marie Pireaud during the Great Warwon the F. Russell Major Prize from the American Historical Association and the Society for Military History distinguished book award in biography.

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