As part of their Pivotal Events in History Series, the KU History Department will host a lecture with Michael Neiberg on April 6, 3-5pm in 1001 Malott Hall.
One hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, Michael Neiberg shows that ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914 . Using letters, diaries, and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched in shock and revulsion as their leaders turned a minor diplomatic crisis into a continental bloodbath. As a renowned historian and popular lecturer, Neiberg gives voice to a generation who found themselves compelled to participate in a ghastly, protracted orgy of violence they never imagined would come to pass. Michael Neiberg is now Professor of History and Strategy, U.S. Army War College. He is the author or editor of 19 books on war and society, including, most recently, Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War One.