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The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America (Please Note Corrected Time, Noon)

The University of Tennessee Center for the Study of War & Society and the Department of History in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society present an event with:

Dr. Michael S. Neiberg

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12 PM at the East Tennessee History Center (601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901)

PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED TIME, NOON.

American entry into the Great War resulted from lengthy debate and soul searching about national identity and the nation’s role on the world stage. In his talk, Michael Neiberg will track American responses to the outbreak of the war in 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and the debates about military preparedness in 1916. By April 1917, most Americans had come to see belligerence as America’s only remaining option. Rather than seeing American entry into the war as an exceptional event, we need to understand it as fundamental to American history and America’s relationship to the world in the century since.

Michael S. Neiberg is the inaugural chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. He is the author of The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern
America, Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I, and Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe.

This is part one of a two-part series on World War I that is presented by the University of Tennessee Center for the Study of War and Society (CWSW) in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society. The programs are sponsored by the Library of  America’s World War I and America Grant, received by CSWS and in conjunction with the State of Tennessee World War I Commission.

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