World War One: What Were They Thinking? Lessons From the Catastrophe

September 10, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm

Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have we learned?

This event is co-hosted with Thomson Reuters.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Jane Harman // Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Editor-at-Large, Reuters and Author of The American Century
  • Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, Biographer of Woodrow Wilson
  • Award-Winning NPR and ABC News Correspondent and Author of Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
  • Professor of History, Bard College and Author of July 1914: Countdown to War
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