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Nov 11, 2014

In honor of Veterans Day, Timothy G. McMahon, Associate Professor of History at Marquette University, will speak on "Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century." In the decades after the Great War (1914-1918), a common refrain was that the war had changed everything.  Certainly, when one considers the impact of the war—from the men lost to adaptations on the home fronts to the emergence of new states—observers could make a great case that the uncertainties with which we became familiar in the twentieth century were unleashed by events of those few years.  This talk will highlight three of of the most important, including new state rivalries, the implications of total war, and the unmet desires of people for stable homelands.