"The sooner, the better." Germany's Military Leadership and the Outbreak of War in July 1914

24.07.2014, Vortrag, DHI Washington

Vortrag von Michael Epkenhans (ZMSB, Potsdam).

“Balm for the German soul” is how German historian Michael Epkenhans has characterized Christopher Clark’s acclaimed study of the origins of World War I, The Sleepwalkers.

In his lecture “The sooner, the better,” Epkenhans revisits the decision-making process in Germany and challenges Clark’s contention that the nations of Europe blindly stumbled into war in 1914.

Michael Epkenhans is the Head of Research at the Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr in Potsdam (formerly the MGFA). Previously he was the Director of the Otto von Bismarck Stiftung in Friedrichsruh from 1996 to 2009.

He is the author of several works on the history of World War I and the German Navy.

This event is jointly sponsored by the German Historical Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington.

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