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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Bruno CabanesDonald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History
261 Dulles Hall
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Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (H.D.R.), with distinction, École des Hautes
Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2013)
Ph.D. with distinction, Department of History, Université Paris IPanthéon
Sorbonne (2002)
Agrégation d’Histoire, École normale supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris (1989-1995)

Bruno Cabanes is the Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History. Prior to coming to Ohio State, he taught for nine years at Yale University.

Cabanes is a historian of 20th 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 20th 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, a finalist for a prestigious French book award, the Prix Fémina for nonfiction in 2014, was published in English translation in 2016 as August 1914. France, The Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever (Yale University Press).

Cabanes is currently working on a big editorial project, The History of Modern War, 19th-21st Centuries, under contract with the Editions du Seuil, 2017.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Faculty web page
High-resolution photo

Media Links
Investiture Lecture: The Soldier's Experience of Demobilization in the 20th Century (2015)
Arts and Sciences: Silver Star (2015)
Arts and Sciences: Transformational Investments (2015)
Department of History: Two new faculty join us (2014)

Mershon Projects
Forbidden Zones: The Great War, with Lesley Ferris (2015-16)