Public Lecture: All For You, Franz? From the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Total War

On Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, KU History Professor Nathan Wood will present, “All For You, Franz? From the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Total War.” The lecture will be followed by a reception and viewing of graphic art made during the First World War.

On June 28, 1914 the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were murdered in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. However gruesome this event may have been, it was not unique. The king and queen of Serbia and the king of Italy had been murdered about a decade before, and the prime ministers of Bulgaria and Russia had been assassinated even more recently. Why, then, did this assassination trigger war, and how did this war come to merit a new concept, that of “total war”? Drawing upon historical research, newspaper reports and images, and artwork from the Spencer Museum of Art, this lecture will grapple with these difficult questions.

Free and open to the public.  Available for GAP Credit.

Sponsors: European Studies, Spencer Museum of Art, Department of History, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University Honors Program, Hall Center for the Humanities, Peace & Conflict Studies in the Humanities & Western Civilization Program.

Can’t make it to the lecture? Professor Wood will also present this lecture at the Combat Air Museum’s WWI lecture series at the Topeka Public Library on Monday, April 28th at 7:00pm.

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