The Outbreak of World War I

The Outbreak of World War I
April 16, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm

The consequences of World War One were so momentous that it is generally assumed that there must be a single overarching explanation or a single culprit. The difficulty, though, which we have faced ever since the war ended, is that historians cannot agree. Were the causes the alliances or the railway timetables? The German Chancellor or the Russian Tsar? This seminar talk will discuss the current state of the debate and suggests ways of considering the issue.

Margaret MacMillan is the Warden of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at Oxford University. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919 (2002); and Nixon and Mao (2007). Her most recent book is The Uses and Abuses of History (2009).  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop
Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166

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