The Soldier's Experience of Demobilization in the 20th Century

Investiture lecture by Professor Bruno Cabanes as Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Military History in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, February 2015. This video begins with a presentation about Donald G. Dunn and his life with Professor Cabanes' lecture following. In 1945, Donald Dunn was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. 

Professor Cabanes received a PhD, with distinction, from the Université Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne. Prior to coming to Ohio State, he taught for nine years at Yale University.

Professor Cabanes is a historian of twentieth-century Europe, and more specifically, the social and cultural history of war. He is particularly interested in the period of transition that followed World War I. He has analyzed this topic from a variety of angles: the demobilization of combat troops, the traumatic impact of war on soldiers and civilians, a comparative study of the different post-war periods in the twentieth century, and, more recently, the environmental history of war and its aftermath.

His research on post-war transitions began with his doctoral dissertation, La Victoire endeuillée. La sortie de guerre des soldats français, 1918-1920 [Victory in Mourning: French Soldiers and the Transition to Civilian Life, 1918-1920]. La Victoire endeuillée was awarded the Gustave Chaix d'Est Ange Prize by the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in Paris, and short-listed for the Augustin-Thierry Prize for the Best Book of the Year in Modern History.  His second monograph, The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924, revisits the same period from a transnational perspective. His most recent book, Août 1914 (Éditions Gallimard, 2014) employs a cultural approach, telling the story of France's entry in World War I from the perspective of ordinary men caught in the flood of mobilization. Août 14 will be published in English translation by Yale University Press in 2015.