Center for Constructive Alternatives


World War I

September 7-10, 2014

This year marks the centenary of World War I, also known as the Great War. World War I remains in many ways controversial: Did it begin accidentally or by design? Was it meaningless or did it serve a purpose? Was its denouement responsible for the even greater war to come? What is not controversial is its importance to the subsequent history, politics, and culture of the twentieth century. This first CCA of the 2014-2015 academic year will consider the history and significance of World War I. 

Sunday, September 7

  • 4:00 pm
    • "How World War I Began"
      Max Hastings
      Author, Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
  • 8:00 pm
    • "Western Front Military Commanders in World War I: Myth and Reality"
      Max Hastings

Monday, September 8

  • 4:00 pm
    • "The Poetry of World War I"
      Max Egremont
      Author, Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew
  • 8:00 pm
    • "The Stalemate in the Trenches"
      Dennis Showalter
      Colorado College
      Author, The Age of Mass War: 1789–1918 (forthcoming)

Tuesday, September 9

  • 4:00 pm
    • "How the War Ended"
      Nick Lloyd
      Kings College London
      Author, Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I
  • 8:00 pm
    • "The Failure of Versailles and the Interwar Years"
      Victor Davis Hanson
      Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College
      Author, The Savior Generals

Wednesday, September 10

  • 4:00 pm
    • Faculty Roundtable

All Speakers Confirmed