WW1HA Announces 2013 Symposium “The Coming of The Great War”

The Coming of the Great War

November 8 and 9, 2013        

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri

A symposium on the political, social, economic, cultural, and military events between 1870 and 1913, leading to the Great War 1914-1918.

During the last quarter of the 19th and the first decade of the 20th centuries, European and American societies experienced fundamental changes. Social unrest, rising nationalism, colonial rivalries and rapid technological and industrial advances gave rise to political turmoil and increasing international tension.

Patterns in each of these areas can be identified that help us understand the causes of the outbreak of war in 1914, arguably the most significant event of the Twentieth Century.  An in-depth examination of these patterns and their evolution over time is essential to an understanding of the pre-war environment that caused a sequence of events that led to the First World War.

To examine these patterns, a two-day symposium will be given by ten distinguished authors and scholars:

  • Michael Neiberg – U.S. War College,
  • Holger Herwig – University of Calgary
  • Nicholas Murray – Command and General Staff College
  • Gary Armstrong – William Jewell College
  • Richard Hamilton – Ohio State University
  • Pierre Purseigle – Yale University
  • Ross Collins – University of North Dakota
  • John Kuehn – Command and General Staff College
  • Michael Reynolds – Princeton University
  • Martha Hanna – University of Colorado

This symposium compliments the museum’s current exhibit “The Road to War”.

Registration for the symposium is $195 per person ($245 if registered after September 15).  For more information, visit the WW1HA’s symposium web page here.