Len's Summary: Breaks no new ground but still an important contribution to scholarship on the Great War. -- Part of a flood of new and revised writings examining causes of the Great War. This one is by a premier Canadian historian who wrote an acclaimed history of the Paris peace conference Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. See also James Joll’s compact study The Origins of the First World War (Third Edition, Pearson, 2008) which sets a high standard for such analysis.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.