1919: On the Edge of a Brave New World


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One hundred years ago the “War to end all Wars” was ended by the Treaty of Versailles and a world chastened and exhausted by the carnage was on a great divide. Behind it, the horrors of jingoistic nationalism and old fashioned statecraft. Ahead, both the possibilities and threats seemed endless.

The Influenza of 1918-19 was killing more people than the Great War; a revolution was ongoing in Russia; and the labour movement around the world, inspired both by communism and the lifting of the wartime restrictions, was fomenting an international labour revolt. Out of the ashes of Europe rose the promise of the League of Nations to prevent future wars, just as Adolph Hitler was using the peace treaty to start his political career. The strain on empires and awakening of independence movements was causing revolution, riots, or unrest in Ireland, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and among Indigenous people here in British Columbia. In the midst of all this ferment, women in North America were clamouring for the right to vote, as Blacks and Whites in the United States were engaging in new and deadly racial conflicts. 

Join us for a full day of engagement with speakers from UVic’s Department of History as we look at these events and more in 1919 - the year the world roiled!

The session fee includes a morning and afternoon refreshment break as well as lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions please contact artssci2@uvic.ca prior to Tuesday, November 19th.  

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