Dr. Mark Humphries is primarily focused on the First World War and its aftermath, exploring the medical and social effects of war on people’s lives and the development of the state. He has written on the 1918 influenza pandemic, shell shock, self-inflicted wounds, and domestic discontent as well as the operational history of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including the life of Arthur Currie, tactics, and the experience of soldiers in the trenches. Mark is also Co-editor of a five-volume series of translations from the German official history of the Great War, Der Weltkrieg, titled Germany’s Western Front.
Dr. Humphries is currently working on a book on shell shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.), specifically examining how the concept of shell shock evolved from the masculine culture of the trenches and became a site of negotiation between soldiers, doctors, and senior officers. This is the first of two volumes, the second of which will look at how shell shock and wartime trauma shaped the life experience of veterans and their families through to the 1970s. Both are funded by a major SSHRC Insight Grant, Through Veterans’ Eyes, which will allow them to digitize more than 12 million pages of records documenting the lives of Great War veterans.