History conference examines the year 1919

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One hundred years ago, the Treaty of Versailles ended the “war to end all wars.”

The History department marked the events of this momentous year at a symposium on Nov. 24 at UVic.

Called "1919: On the Edge of a Brave New World," the sold-out conference, co-hosted with Continuing Studies, brought 18 History faculty together to deliver 12-minute talks about the year 1919 at the Bob Wright Centre.

History chair John Lutz said 120 people attended the symposium, which had a wait-list of more than 30 people.

Topics ranged from the Treaty of Versailles and the Bavarian Socialist revolution to Indigenous resistance in Canada and the Amritsar Massacre in India.

“It was a great event,” Lutz said. “I have never had such great feedback from an audience.”