David Evans, Athabasca University

Academic Coordinator Athabasca, Alberta davide@athabascau.ca Office: (180) 026-9661 ext. 4
(780) 435-5114

Bio/Research

I was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, in 1948. After completing my formal education at a boys' school there, I immigrated to Canada with my family in 1966. My wife Lea and I live in Edmonton with a houseful of books and—now that our children are grown and gone—our two cats who, along wit...

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Bio/Research

I was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, in 1948. After completing my formal education at a boys' school there, I immigrated to Canada with my family in 1966. My wife Lea and I live in Edmonton with a houseful of books and—now that our children are grown and gone—our two cats who, along with our numerous grandchildren, help to ensure that there is never a dull moment.

As an undergraduate at the University of Alberta, I cultivated a broad knowledge of history by taking courses that ranged from Republican Rome to the religious wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to Nazi Germany. By the time that I entered graduate studies, I had decided that war studies were to be my main research interest. For my master's degree, I wrote a thesis that dealt with the English civil wars of the seventeenth century, proving to my—and fortunately my oral examination committee's—satisfaction that Thomas Fairfax (not Oliver Cromwell!) had been the architect of Parliament's military victory over King Charles I. During the years since then, my interests have expanded to include major conflicts from the Thirty Years' War to the world wars of the twentieth century. I'm currently reading extensively about the British Army in the First World War.


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