From the Front: Private Lives and Personal Letters in World War I
The First World War created massive divisions in the lives of families. In France, indeed, at least five million couples experienced separation during the four years of war. Most of these couples pursued their private lives by exchanging letters. The amount of conjugal correspondence written between 1914 and 1918 provides historians with an unprecedented quantity of sources, enabling the analysis of feelings expressed by couples about separation, at once a widely shared and eminently private experience.
The presentation, in English, will be followed by a Q&A.
Clémentine Vidal-Naquet is associate professor of history at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens and the author of Couples dans la Grande Guerre. Le tragique et l’ordinaire du lien conjugal and Correspondances conjugales. 1914-1918. Dans l’intimité de la Grande Guerre, both published in 2014.
Coordinated by the Duke Center for Fench and Francophone Studies and the UNC Center for European Studies, Professor Vidal-Naquet’s visit to Chapel Hill is sponsored by the French Embassy in Washington, one of a number of lectures by young French scholars delivered all over the United States as part of the observance of the centennial of the First World War. Unfortunately, Nicolas Mariot, originally announced as part of the tour, is unfortunately unable to join us.
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