The Outbreak of WWII: 80 Years Later

The Outbreak of WWII: 80 Years Later

  • Speakers:
  • John H. Maurer
    Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Grand Strategy and Sea Power • US Naval War College, Senior Fellow • FPRI
  • Date / Time:
  • February 16, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Venue:
  • New York Historical Society
  • 170 Central Park West
  • at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  • New York. NY. US. 10024

John MaurerWorld War II stands out as the deadliest and perhaps most famous conflict in human history. But how did the war begin, and could the massive bloodshed have been avoided? In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the war’s outbreak, historian John Maurer revisits the origin of fighting in Europe in 1939 and uncovers how Western democracies came to confront Adolf Hitler and the threat of global fascism.


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