World War I, the End and the Aftermath
During the current academic year, IU is commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I (1918), and the anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles (1919). These two epochal events reshaped much of the world geography and political landscape, setting in motion a series of events that still affect today’s world affairs. The commemoration will center, therefore, on the geopolitical aftermath and its long-term historical consequences within and outside the western hemisphere.
The inaugural presentation is a lecture by Michelle Moyd, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the IU Department of History. Professor Moyd is also the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES), as well as the Associate Editor of the American Historical Review. She is the author of Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa, which explores the social and cultural history of African soldiers in the colonial army of German East Africa, today’s Tanzania. Her current book project is entitled Africa, Africans, and the First World War, which examines the spectrum of African experiences in the war.