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The Great War and its Legacy, 1914-1918: Fall 2016 Programs

An informational guide to the programming series on the legacy of World War I beginning in Fall 2014. The series is co-sponsored by the OSU Library and OSU Department of History.

About "The Great War and its Legacy, 1914 - 1918" Series

This series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War with discussions on all the aspects of life that changed in the aftermath of World War I. This series looks at the wider impact of the War on life and culture of the US and world, and also focuses on its impact on Oklahoma, the Payne County region, and OAMC. Sponsored by the OSU Library, the W.P. Wood Professorship, and the OSU Department of History.

Guide URL: http://info.library.okstate.edu/greatwar

Fall 2016 Programs

 

Askaris, the Ghost General, and Camouflage Zebras: The Great War and Modern Africa

Dr. Matthew Schauer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Oklahoma State University

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 3:30 p.m. in Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

Program Description:

Several hundred thousand soldiers, laborers, and civilians died in Africa during the First World War, but the African theatre of the tends to be paid far less attention by scholars and the public than the trenches of the Western Front. This talk will provide an overview of the major events in Africa during the war and examine the brutal and occasionally absurd nature of the African campaign. It will also explore the experience of war for the hundreds of thousands of African soldiers (askaris) and porters who served in Africa and on the Western Front. These soldiers’ global experiences and the broken promises of European colonial governments played a major role in the formation of African nationalism in the twentieth century.

Biography: 

Matthew Schauer is an Assistant Professor of the History of the British Empire at Oklahoma State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and previously taught at Boston College, Eastern Oregon University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is presently completing his book manuscript, which examines imperial education policies, colonial ethnology and museums, and the exchange of ideas across imperial boundaries in British Malaya.

 

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The Million Dollar Barrage: Technological Innovation and the Making of the Great War

Dr. Justin Prince, Department of History, Oklahoma State University

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m. in Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

Program Description:

This lecture will examine the impact of technology and advances in weaponry during the Great War, and how it contributed to the deadly nature of the conflict and gave rise to its most defining feature: trench warfare. Much of this equipment had already been in use in the various imperial wars of the late 19th century, but yet European nations failed to develop effective doctrines to be able to counter and defeat these deadly weapons of war successfully. Finally, the role of the United States in the conflict will be examined, and how its failure to prepare adequately for a modern, industrial war, hampered American forces severely during the majority of the conflict. These shortcomings ultimately led to interwar innovation within the American army, and the ability to be ready for mass production by the time of the Second World War.

 

Biohgraphy: 

Dr. Justin Prince is a lecturer with the History Department at Oklahoma State University, teaching courses on American history, the Second World War, and the Cold War. He received his PhD in 2014, and was a contributor to the 2014 work A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign, edited by Edward Lengel of the University of Virginia, and he has done design work for interwar and Second World War-era naval war games published by Matrix Games. He is currently working on a book focusing on American artillery during the First World War.

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Spring 2017 Programs

Upcoming programs in the Great War series for Spring 2017:

 

The Great Wars and Native Americans 

Dr. Douglas Miller, OSU Department of History

February 23, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

 

The Great War and Germany and the Weimar Republic

Dr. Lesley Rimmel, OSU Department of History 

March 30, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

 

War Animals and the Great War 

Dr. Chelsea Medlock, OSU Department of History

April 20, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library