The aftermath of the Great War brought the most troubled peacetime the world had ever seen. Survivors of the war were t only the soldiers who fought, the wounded in mind and body. They were also the stateless, the children who suffered war's consequences, and later the victims of the great Russian famine of 1921 to 1923. Before the phrases 'universal human rights' and 'n-governmental organization' even existed, five remarkable men and women - Rene Cassin and Albert Thomas from France, Fridtjof Nansen from Norway, Herbert Hoover from the US and Eglantyne Jebb from Britain - understood that a new type of transnational organization was needed to face problems that respected national boundaries or rivalries. Bru Cabanes, a pioneer in the study of the aftermath of war, shows, through his vivid and revelatory history of individuals, organizations, and nations in crisis, how and when the right to human dignity first became inalienable.
Bruno Cabanes is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Yale University. His research focuses on the period of transition that followed World War I and, in particular, the demobilization of combat troops, the traumatic impact of war on soldiers and civilians, and, more recently, the environmental history of war and its aftermath. His publications include La victoire endeuillee: La sortie de guerre des soldats francais (1918-1920) (2004), which was awarded the Gustave Chaix d'Est Ange Prize, 2004, by the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, Paris and shortlisted for the Augustin-Thierry Prize for the Best Book of the Year in 2004. A member of the Comites Scientifiques (Advisory Boards) of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne and the Museum of the Great War, Verdun, France, he also serves on the editorial board of Vingtieme siecle. Revue d'histoire.
Professor Bruno Cabanes
Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication
History: Specific Subjects
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare