Roundtable Debate: 1914: What Historians Don’t Know about the Causes of the First World War

Diskussion, DHI London

The majority of lectures and conferences marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be examining why the conflict occurred, concentrating on particular sets of events leading to war or on different aspects of the war’s course, character and consequences. By contrast, the emphasis of this roundtable discussion – and claim to originality – will be on continuing areas of uncertainty in the historical account of the outbreak of war: it will show how key decisions are still ‘unexplained’, allowing a variety of interpretations. This roundtable of internationally-renowned scholars will ask what we still do not know about the causes of the First World War. 


Speakers: MARGARET MACMILLAN (Oxford)  
ANNIKA MOMBAUER (Open University)  
JOHN RÖHL (Sussex)  

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Please check for any last minute changes on 020 7309 2050 (tel.) or visit This event is to be held in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, LONDON WC1A 2NJ.