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Sunday, September 21, 2014
10:30 am - 1:30 pm PDT (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT)
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The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War is upon us. When the Austro-Hungarian armies army crossed the Serbian border on August 10th, 1914, the peoples of Europe, who had enjoyed the longest consecutive period of peace in 1,000 years, were entirely unaware that their lives and the civilization they had built would soon be consumed in a conflagration that would sweep it away. Lost in time and obscured by the even more catastrophic events of the Second World War, the Great War nevertheless provides a watershed in world history as nations, monarchies, empires and long venerated institutions came tumbling down, leaving ruins which would take nearly 75 years to rebuild. What were the causes of this catastrophe? What were the consequences for the West and how relevant are the lessons of that First World War to our contemporary world? These and other issues will be addressed by this important AFA Conference of the Air featuring AFA president, Avi Davis, Douglas Bandow (Cato Institute); Richard Weikart (author of Darwin to Hitler); Diana West (author of Death of the Grown Up);David Pryce Jones (author of The Closed Circle), Dennis Showalter (author of Soldiers' Lives through History: The Early Modern World) and Kathy Barbier (Mississippi State University).
About the Speakers:
Avi Davis is an attorney, journalist, travel journalist, commentator, documentarian and Senior Fellow of the American Freedom Alliance. He is currently a Senior fellow of the American Freedom Alliance – a Los Angeles based organization formed to identify threats to Western civilization and uphold Western values and ideals. In this capacity he has coordinated seven major international conferences The Collapse of Europe? (Pepperdine University, June 2007); Identity Crisis: Can European Civilization Survive? (Rome, March 2008); How Free is the University? (USC, June 2008); Is the (Real) News Dead? (Pepperdine University, June 2010); Big Footprint: Is Green the New Tyranny? (UCLA, June 2011) and Global Governance vs National Sovereignty (Los Angeles, June 2012).
Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.
Richard Weikart is professor of history at California State Univ., Stanislaus. He earned his Ph.D. in 1994 at the University of Iowa in modern European history with specializations in modern Germany and modern European intellectual history. His dissertation, which was subsequently published as a book, Socialist Darwinism: Evolution in German Socialist Thought from Marx to Bernstein, won the biennial prize of the Forum for History of Human Science for best dissertation in that field. He subsequently published with the scholarly publisher Palgrave Macmillan two books on the history of social Darwinism and evolutionary ethics in Germany: From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress. He has also published a book on the theology of Bonhoeffer. In addition to his books, he has published many articles, review essays, and reviews in scholarly journals.
Diana West is a nationally syndicated conservative American columnist and author. Her weekly column, which frequently tackles controversial subjects such as the impact of Islam, the failures of counterinsurgency strategy (COIN), and questions about President Obama's social agenda, is syndicated by Universal U-Click and appears in about 120 newspapers and news sites. She is the author of the books The Death of the Grown Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007) and American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013). Ms. West has contributed essays and features to many publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, The New Criterion, The Public Interest, and Women's Quarterly. She has also written fiction for The Atlantic Monthly and has been a columnist for The Washington Times, Scripps Howard News Service and United Media. As a former CNN contributor, Ms. West frequently appeared on the former CNN Lou Dobbs show. She blogs at dianawest.net.
Sean McMeekin is Professor of History at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He previously taught at Koç University, Istanbul; Bilkent University, Ankara; Yale University, and New York University. He is the author of The Russian Revolution (forthcoming from Basic Books, 2017); The War of the Ottoman Succession (forthcoming from Penguin, 2015); July 1914: Countdown to War (2013), reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review; The Russian Origins of the First World War (2011), which won the Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Book Prize and nominated for the Lionel Gelber Prize; The Berlin to Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power, 1898–1918 (2010), winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize; History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (2008), listed for the Ed Hewett Prize; and The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow’s Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West (2004), along with numerous articles and book chapters. He lives in Rhinebeck, NY with his wife and two children.
David Pryce-Jones is the author of books dealing with contemporary events and including ten novels. In 1967 and 1973 he covered the wars in the Middle East for the Daily Telegraph and afterwards wrote The Face of Defeat (1974) about the Palestinians, and the best-selling The Closed Circle (1989) about the Arab world. He has published regularly in Commentary, New Criterion, the Wall Street Journal, and since 1999 has been a Senior Editor of National Review. He lives in London.
Dennis Showalter is Professor of History at Colorado College, where he has taught since 1969. He is Part President of the Society for Military History, Joint Editor of War in History, and has held visiting appointments at the US Military Academy and the US Air Force Academy. He specializes in modern military history. His recent books include Armor and Blood. Kursk 1943 (2013); Frederick the Great: A Military History, rev. ed. (2012); Hitler's Panzers. The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare (2009); and Soldiers' Lives through History. The Early Modern World., co-authored with William Astore (2007). He is also completing The Age of Mass War, 1789-1918 for Yale University Press.
Mary Kathryn Barbier received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 1998. After teaching as an adjunct professor for a year and a half, she received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from International Security Studies at Yale University. Since accepting the position as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, she has written a brief history of the US Army for fifth graders, which was published in 2005. She also had two articles published, has a chapter in Normandy 1944: Sixty Years On, which was published in June 2006, and has began preliminary work on a short military biography of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. In addition to continuing her work on Montgomery, Ms. Barbier has evaluated articles and books for several journals and presses. Barbier's book, D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion was published in November 2007. In addition to her regular undergraduate and graduate courses, in the spring of 2008, Ms.Barbier offered a study abroad course, which included ten days in Germany during May. Ten students (six undergraduate and four graduate) explored the Munich, Berchtesgaden, and the Obersalzberg of Adolf Hitler. During that summer, she returned to Berchtesgaden where she gave a paper at the Obersalzberg Conference. She also co-edited a book with Professor Andrew Wiest and Associate Professor Glenn Robins. America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation was released in January 2010.
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