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The Ottoman Road to War: Mustafa Aksakal on the Ottoman Empire and WWI

The Ottoman Road to War: Mustafa Aksakal on the Ottoman Empire and WWI

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For Aksakal, World War I informs national identities in the Middle East even today, even though it is itself poorly understood.

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July 1914: Sean McMeekin on the Outbreak of World War I

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Prior to WWI, says McMeekin, no one in Europe or elsewhere in the world—except the perpetrators—had any inkling that an avoidable act of terrorism was about to radically reshape the international landscape, not unlike the period before 9/11.

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Cataclysm: David Stevenson on World War I as Political Tragedy

Cataclysm: David Stevenson on World War I as Political Tragedy

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For Stevenson, we must conclude that–although there were mitigating circumstances–Germany was centrally involved in the escalation of the crisis in July and August 1914.

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The Long Shadow: David Reynolds on World War I

The Long Shadow: David Reynolds on World War I

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For Reynolds, many of our contemporary problems have roots in what George Kennan called the “great seminal catastrophe” of the twentieth century: World War I.

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The Lost Promise of Patriotism and World War I (Part I)

The Lost Promise of Patriotism and World War I (Part I)

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In this interview, Hansen describes a group of American scholars, public intellectuals, and social reformers—such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Eugene V. Debs, Jane Addams, and Randolph Bourne—who advocated for different forms “cosmopolitan patriotism.”

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Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on the Outbreak of World War I

Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on the Outbreak of World War I

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MICHAEL NEIBERG AND MLADEN JOKSIC

For Neiberg, it is impossible to see how a Second World War, a Holocaust, a Cold War, a globally-engaged United States, and decolonization happen without the First World War.

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The Lost Promise of Patriotism and World War I (Part II)

The Lost Promise of Patriotism and World War I (Part II)

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JONATHAN HANSEN AND ZACH DORFMAN

“The entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917 swamped cosmopolitan patriotism in a wave of jingoism,” says Jonathan Hansen in part II of this interview.

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To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild on World War I

To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild on World War I

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EIA and Carnegie Council are proud to announce the launch of a new interview Series, “The Living War: World War I in the 21st Century,” which will examine World War I and its consequences for the modern world.

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