Winston Churchill, the Rise of German Power, and the Outbreak of World War I
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In this lecture on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Maurer will explore why Churchill’s efforts to avert war with Germany failed. By examining Churchill’s interpretation of the war’s beginning, it is possible to grapple with the question of whether this was inevitable or an avoidable tragedy. Former Chairman of the Strategy Department at the Naval War College, Maurer is the recipient of the US Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award. By popular demand, he has given four lectures on Churchill in our series at the New York Historical Society.