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Waiting for the World to End? How the world looked before the Great War
Charles Emmerson, writer and historian

Charles Emmerson event 1913 mmp
  • Friday 13 June 2014, 6.00PM to 6.50pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)

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The world before the Great War is often presented as a world on the road to inevitable disaster. Historians have long argued who was to blame for war breaking out – from the moment the first shots were fired, or even before that. But, for many at the time, the fate of the world did not seem so settled in 1913/1914, at the end of a century of peace, progress and globalisation. Other futures seemed possible, even likely. Charles Emmerson takes us on a dynamic tour of the world before the war, with the future still open, offering a corrective to the gloom and doom.

About the speaker:

Charles Emmerson was born in Australia and grew up in London. After graduating top of his class in Modern History from Oxford University he took up an Entente Cordiale scholarship to study international relations and international public law in Paris. The author of The Future History of the Arctic (2010), he writes and speaks widely on international affairs. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Affairs). His most recent book is1913: The World before the Great War.

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