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The Great War: End of Cilvilization  

One hundred years ago The Great War raged in Western Europe; spread across the globe and is seen as one of the great disasters of human history. It shattered political, social and economic structures of Europe and ignited a series of changes still challenging us today. The series begins with causes of the war: rise in German power, inevitability of conflict and fragility of peace in a structure driven by kings and small elites. Session two covers the war in the trenches and moves on to the home front, including conscription and new roles for women. The final session covers the military endgame, the Treaty of Versailles and America’s new role as a world power. Laurence Kerr is a Career Member (Retired) of the US Senior Foreign Service. Following military service, he had a twenty-five year career in the US State Department including assistant professor of Grand Strategy and National Security Studies at The Eisenhower School, part of the National Defense University.