In 1917, the rising global tensions caused by the First World War culminated in the entrance of the U.S. into the conflict and the eruption of the Russian Revolution. In commemoration of the centennial of these tumultuous events, historian Jeremy Black explores the world leaders who were reshaping the global landscape – including Woodrow Wilson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Vladimir Lenin – and reveals how the Great War ushered in the birth of the modern age and foreshadowed an even greater conflict to come.
Black, an FPRI Senior Fellow, is professor of history at Exeter University. He studied at Queens’ College Cambridge, St John’s College Oxford, and Merton College Oxford before joining the University of Durham as a lecturer in 1980. There he gained his PhD and ultimately his professorship in 1994. He is the author of over 100 books on military and diplomatic history.
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