Yale Historian Marks 100th Anniversary of World War I at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – To mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, one of its foremost historians will discuss how that war shaped all others, including Iraq and Afghanistan, during a lecture Feb. 26 at 7:15 p.m. in Weber State University’s Hurst Center Dumke Legacy Hall.

Yale University historian Jay Winter is an award-winning scholar who has pioneered the understanding of the cultural history of warfare. Winter has written, co-authored or edited at least 30 books, including the 2014 landmark, “Cambridge History of the First World War,” which provides the first comprehensive global account of the war’s history from military, political, social and cultural perspectives.

He was also the co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century,” which received an Emmy, a Peabody and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary.

 “We are fortunate to have professor Jay Winter present the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Lecture for 2015,” said Branden Little, assistant history professor. “He has, for decades, blazed many trails in writing the history of the First World War.”

World War 1 began June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated. Winter will explain why this tragedy is still misunderstood but of great significance today.

Winter’s other books include, “Socialism and the Challenge of War, Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18”; “Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History”; “1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century”; “Remembering War: The Great War Between History and Memory in the 20th Century.”

“Some of his greatest academic contributions have been made as an editor in shepherding other experts to produce massive studies including multi-volume works such as “Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin, 1914-1919,” Little said.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series for 201 that highlights the contributions of scholars to understanding the world in which we live.

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Branden Little, assistant history professor
801-626-6710 • jblittle@weber.edu
Jennifer Perry, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
801-626-7948 jenniferperry1@weber.edu