Planning War before 1914

6 February 2014, 17:00 - 18:30

Law Faculty (LG19)

This event is free and open to all.

Margaret MacMillan (St Anthony's College, Oxford) will give a series of lectures about war and society and militarism in Europe before 1914; thinking about war; planning for war; and then the nature of World War One itself.


This lecture will show the issues dealt with in the first two lectures had an impact on the thinking of the military and their critics about future war and discuss the plans and the assumptions behind them that were drawn up and with which the great powers went to war in 1914.

Events in the Series

European Society and War
03 February 2014, Law Faculty (LG19)

First Lecture by Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, Margaret MacMillan.

Thinking about war before 1914
04 February 2014, Law Faculty (LG19)

Second lecture by Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, Margaret MacMillan.

Planning War before 1914
06 February 2014, Law Faculty (LG19)

Third Lecture by Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, Margaret MacMillan.

The Changing Nature of European War Between 1815 and 1914
07 February 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road (SG1&2)

Concluding Symposium

Image: William Singer Sergant, Gassed © Imperial War Museum (Art.IWM ART 1460)

The Humanitas Chair in War Studies has been made possible by the generous support of Sir Ronald Grierson.

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in War Studies aims to debate issues within this cross-disciplinary field in a historical perspective, especially in light of the policies and military tactics of modern and contemporary warfare. Political, social, psychological and cultural theories of war will be explored through discussions between academics - from history, politics and international studies, English and other disciplines - and real practitioners from the armed services and government.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in War Studies

2011-12: Jay Winter (Charles J Stille Professor of History, Yale)
2010-11: Hew Strachan (Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford)

Standing Committee

Christopher Clark (History)
Andrew Gamble (POLIS)
Brendan Simms (POLIS)

Hosting College

Churchill College