Journey through World War I April 28

The year 2014, marks an important anniversary in World History. It is the centennial of the beginning of World War I. On April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marvin Auditorium–Professor Nathan Wood, from the University of Kansas will present a program to help explore the beginnings of this war.

Speech on World War I by KU professor on April 28On June 28, 1914 the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were murdered by a Serbian Nationalist. I’m sure this event was one we learned a little about in high-school, as it is often listed as the primary cause of the beginnings of the world war. What we did not learn was this event as gruesome as it was, was not unique. The King and Queen of Serbia has been murdered a decade before, and the prime ministers of Bulgaria and Russia had been assassinated even more recently.

In his talk professor Wood will help to answer the question of why did this assassination trigger the war, and how did this war come to merit a new concept, that of total war. Drawing on historical research, newspaper accounts, and images Professor Wood’s lecture will grapple with these questions.

Professor Wood’s lecture, “All for You Franz” will initiate a series of programs hosted by the Library and the Combat Air Museum designed to educate and commemorate the World War I centennial. Again the program is April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marvin Auditorium.