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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, July 28, 2014:
A World War I trench at the U.S. Army Heritage Center in Carlisle.
One hundred years ago today, The Great War as it was known then but now called World War I, began. On July 28, 1914 Austria-Hungry declared war on Serbia in response to the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne..
The United States did not enter the war until 1917, but how did a dispute between European powers lead to U.S. soldiers going overseas to fight?
European leaders and their militaries were already prepared for war. However, Dr. Michael Neiberg writes that the people of Europe neither wanted nor expected war in 1914. In his book, Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I Neiberg questions whether the war actually began in 1914 and ended in 1918.
Michael Neiberg is a Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle. He'll appear on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss a war that he describes as the "least understood and most ignored event in our history."
Michael Neiberg, Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle
Meanwhile American citizens contributed to the war effort back home like never before after the U.S. entered the war in 1917.
The editors of the book Duty Calls at Home: Central Pennsylvania Responds to the Great War, 1914-1918 also appear on Monday's program.
Dr. Steven Burg, Chair of the History/Philosophy Department at Shippensburg University, along with retired Pennsylvania National Guard Public relations officer John Maietta and Shippensburg University librarian Christy Fic join us.
Steven Burg, John Maietta, and Christy Fic
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