The First World War broke out as a result of many factors- secret diplomacy, the media, advancing technology, national pride, and others. Some of these seem to have been avoidable, while others were not. But one thing was clear to the United States: it was a European affair, and should stay that way. It was only with reluctance that the United States brought its incredible might to bear on the First World War. This presentation will discuss the causes of the war and the reasons the United States at first stayed out, but was gradually and inexorably drawn into the conflict by 1917.
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.