It’s not exactly the “forgotten war,” but popular interest in World War I has been overshadowed by its successor, World War II. After all, the immediate aftermath of World War II sparked the Cold War — the geo-political struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union that defined the second half of the 20th century.
Yet, many experts say that World War I and its aftermath set into motion a chain of events that led to World War II. In fact, many historians have long theorized that World War I actually set the table for the United States to become the world’s greatest superpower.
But the debate rages on as to what would have happened if the United States did not enter World War I. Would the Allies or the Central Powers have won, or would there have been a stalemate? Without the Treaty of Versailles, would the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany have been possible? Would World War II have happened? What would the U.S. role in the world have been like in the 20th century if President Woodrow Wilson did not push the nation into the war? Who would have been the world powers?
The forum will explore some of these questions and others. The program will be highlighted by keynote speaker Michael Neiberg, chair of war studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. A military historian, Neiberg is the author of several books on World War I. They include: “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I,” “Path to War, a history of American responses to the Great War, 1914-1917,” and “Concise History of the Treaty of Versailles.”
In addition, the forum also will examine the state’s role in World War I, as well as New Haven’s contribution to the war.
(Times are approximate):
9:30 a.m. Forum Begins/Welcome/Introductions
Speaker: Christine Pittsley, Project Manager, CT State Library
Speaker: George King, Builder/Restorer of 1916 Model T Ambulance Used in WWI
Keynote Speaker: Michael Neiberg, Military Historian
Speaker: Troy Paddock, SCSU History Department Chair
Speaker: Laura Macaluso, Author — “New Haven in World War I”
Speaker: Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian
Questions & Answers
The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the Wintergreen Parking Garage, located on Wintergreen Avenue next to the Moore Fieldhouse. Please check back for updates on the program.
For further information, contact forum co-coordinators: Joe Musante at (203) 392-5073 or email@example.com, or Cindy Simoneau at (203) 392-5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.