Panel of historians to discuss legacy of First World War
A panel of Salve Regina historians will discuss the legacy of the First World War, examining how its consequences are still playing out across Eastern Europe and the Middle East 100 years later, including in Iraq and Syria.
“The First World War at 100: Understanding the Cost, Legacy and Meaning of The Great War” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall. The discussion will probe the legacy of the First World War in global politics, culture and international relations.
Moderated by Dr. Jim Ludes, executive director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, the panel will include history professors Dr. William Leeman, Dr. Timothy Neary and Dr. John Quinn. Also joining the discussion will be Dr. Maureen Montgomery, the University’s McGinty Chair in history, and Dr. Scott Zeman, provost/vice president for academic affairs.
The defining event of the 20th century was not the Second World War, but the first. The spark that became an inferno was lit 100 years ago this year. The war itself was industrial slaughter on a global scale. It ended empires, ushered in the American century, and redrew maps across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The consequences of those lines are still being played out in places like Iraq and Syria today. The war also led to broad social revolutions in the Atlantic world, political revolution in Russia, and, in its failed peacemaking, sowed the seeds of World War II.