Nov 7

Past Event

Preventing another Great War: Lessons from 1914

Event Materials


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As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, historians continue to be haunted by the question of cause, examining the confluence of ideologies, ambitions and circumstances which led to one of the 20th century’s most brutal conflicts.

On November 7, the Brookings Institution hosted noted historian Margaret MacMillan, author of The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (Random House, 2013) for a discussion to compare current tensions around the globe – rising tides of nationalism, economic pressures of globalization, sectarian strife, and the fading role of the United States as the world’s policeman – to the period preceding the Great War. Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Kagan joined MacMillan in conversation about modern conflict points and how world leaders must learn the lessons of 1914 and work together to build a more stable international order. Ted Piccone, acting vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks.

Read MacMillan's Brookings Essay on the topic »

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Featured Speaker

    • Professor Margaret MacMillan, University of Oxford

      Margaret MacMillan

      Author, The War that Ended Peace

      Professor and Warden, St. Antony's College, Oxford University

  • Discussant


November 7, 2013

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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The Brookings Essay

The Rhyme of History - a Brookings Essay by Margaret MacMillan