The Long Road to Peace: Enter the Peace Broker

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Join a discussion of America’s role as WW1 peace broker

On 7 May 1915, RMS Lusitaniawas was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off the southern Irish coast. Among the dead were 123 Americans. As news reports came in that evening, Colonel Edward House, President Wilson’s right-hand man, was dining with US Ambassador Walter Page in London. ‘We shall be at war with Germany within a month’, declared House. But it was not until April 1917 that the US finally declared war on Germany. To secure peace, Wilson came to realise, the US would have to enter the war. Professor Hew Strachan, Professor Phillips O’Brien andDr Alice Kelly discuss the legacy, across the long 20th century, of the US vision for peace and a new world order in WW1; the effect of British propaganda on US/British relations; the significance of the Balfour and Northcliffe missions to the US; and how Wilson’s peace initiative shaped the remainder of the war and ultimately the terms of the peace.

Military historian Sir Hew Strachan is Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews and former Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford. Phillips O’Brien, Professor of Strategic Studies, University of St Andrews, is an expert on US foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr Alice Kelly is The Rt. Hon Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the History of the United States and World War One at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in collaboration with ChromeRadio.

Long Road to Peace partner: Chromeradio

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00.


Name: The Long Road to Peace: Enter the Peace Broker
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £8.00
Member: £5.00
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Under 18: £5.00
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