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World War I

This discussion group was established in honor of the centenary of the August 1914 outbreak of World War I. Titles will be chosen democratically by group members. The group will meet the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to noon in the Seminar Room, subject to adjustment for holidays. 
We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact group moderator Dave Herder at with questions.

2022 Schedule

  • Jan 8 (N.B. this is the second Saturday. **The group will meet at 1:00 p.m.**).: Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory
  • Feb. 5: Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914–1918
  • Mar. 5: Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
  • Apr. 2: Scott Anderson, Lawrence In Arabia
  • May 7: Sean McMeekin, The Russian Origins of the First World War
  • Jun. 4: Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans
  • July 2: Jack Beatty, The Lost History of 1914
  • Aug. 6: Mark Arsenault, The Imposter's War: The Press, Propaganda, and the Battle for the Minds of America
  • Sep. 3: Gordon Martel, The Month That Changed the World
  • Oct. 1: Stephen Broadberry, The Economics of World War I
  • Nov. 5: Elizabeth Cobbs, Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers

World War I Discussion Group Past Readings