World War One had many effects that went beyond the conventional battlefield. Mexico’s revolution helped bring the United States into the war. Ireland gained its independence as a result of the 1916 rebellion and subsequent unrest in that country. Countries like Australia and South Africa would gain stature as members of the international community for their parts in the war. Russia became the Soviet Union as a result of the Revolution brought on by the war, setting the stage for the Second World War and Cold War. Finally, the Middle East was set on its path toward modern conflict in the First World War. This presentation will focus on the outlying political ramifications of the war, which remain fresh- and often painful- in today’s memory.
Speaker Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West.