The Annual Dominick S. Graham Lecture

"Path to War: A New Interpretation of America's Entry into the Great War"
by Dr. Michael Neiberg
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
Provincial Archives
UNB Fredericton Campus
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Michael NeibergAmerican entry into the Great War resulted from lengthy debate and soul-searching about national identity and the nation’s role on the world stage. This talk will track American responses to the outbreak of the war in 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and the debates about military preparedness in 1916. American views shifted as global events increasingly threatened national security. By April 1917 most Americans, including most of those who had opposed the war in 1914, had come to see belligerence as America’s only remaining option. Rather than seeing American entry into the war as an exceptional event, we need to understand it as fundamental to American history and America’s relationship to the world in the century since.

MICHAEL S. NEIBERG is Professor of History and Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars in global context. The Wall Street Journal named his Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Harvard University Press, 2011) one of the five best books ever written about that war. In October 2016 Oxford University Press published his Path to War, a history of American responses to the Great War, 1914-1917 and in July 2017 Oxford published his Concise History of the Treaty of Versailles. He is now at work on a history of US involvement in the Middle East from 1942 to 1950.


About the lecture series

The Annual Graham Lecture in War and Society was inaugurated in 2000 in honour of Professor Dominick S. Graham. After serving with distinction in the British Army in the Second World War, Graham came to UNB in the 1960s during which time he completed his PhD and became an Assistant Professor with the History Department. His focus soon shifted to war and society issues.  In 1971 Graham established the Military and Strategic Studies Program and in 1980 was one of the founding members of UNB’s Centre for Conflict Studies (both precursors to The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society).

Previous Graham Lectures

Nov. 2017 - "Vimy: Battle and Legend, 1917-2017" by Tim Cook
Feb. 2016 - "Don't Panic - But You Can Worry a Little" by Gwynne Dyer
Sept. 2014 - "Mind the Crap: Coping with the Bicentenary of the War of 1812" by John Grodzinski
Nov. 2013 - "When the War Came Home to Canada: The U-Boat Campaign in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 1942" by Roger Sarty
Nov. 2012 - "Is Canadian Multilateralism Dead?" by Noah Richler 
Nov. 2011 - "Tropic of Chaos: The New Era of Climate Wars" by Christian Parenti
Nov. 2010 - "Was there any need for this costly experiment?: Canada's Navy at 100," by Marc Milner
Nov. 2009 - "How Did We Get Here From There? The Canadian Forces from the 1950s to Afghanistan" by Major-General Lewis MacKenzie
Nov. 2006 - "In Afghan Fields the Poppies Blow" by Desmond Morton
Nov. 2004 - "Canadians and the Liberation of the Netherlands" by Terry Copp