CES: The Great WWI Controversy: Who Was to Blame?


Monday, November 24, 2014, 2:15pm to 4:00pm


Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall

A Panel Discussion on the Centennial

Speaker(s): Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University; Thomas Weber, Professor of History and International Affairs, University of Aberdeen; Visiting Scholar, CES; Peter Gourevitch, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego; Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School; Chaired by: Alison Frank Johnson, Professor of History, Harvard University

The origins of the First World War have aroused deep controversy for decades. On the centennial of the war, there is renewed interest in revisiting its origins. Was Germany to blame? Did Europe’s statesmen sleepwalk to war? In this panel discussion, leading historians and IR experts will weigh in on the debate and offer lessons for avoiding another great power conflict.

Contact(s): Roumiana Theunissen, rtheunissen@fas.harvard.edu