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The First World War marked a new quantitative and qualitative war experience. It also meant a new mobilisation of war societies and economics for the war, of media, of arts and of ideological utopias.
The outbreak of war in August 1914 was not determined; it did not fulfil a law of history.
However, once the war had started, people were confronted with an explosion of experiences which transcended all their plans and scenarios, all expectations and anticipations. This world war not only marked a new quantitative and qualitative experience of war, it also meant a new mobilisation of war societies and economics for the war, of media, of arts, of ideological utopias and political explanations. It marked the beginning of a new relation between European powers and their colonies, as well as other societies outside Europe.
Against this background this lecture will concentrate on particular, exemplary moments in which transformations from the European to the global experience of war became obvious – experiences and constellations which did not exist as such before 1914.
This event is held in conjunction with the Goethe Institut, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (Canberra).
A light lunch will be served.
Jörn Leonhard is Professor in Modern European History at the History Seminar of Freiburg University. He received his Doctorate (1998) and Habilitation (2004) at the University of Heidelberg. From 1998-2003 he taught as a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Oxford University.
From 2007 to 2012 he was one of the Directors of the School of History at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), and in 2012/2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where he completed a general history of the First World War. In 2015 he was elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
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