Humanitas in War Studies 2013-14
Margaret MacMillan (St Anthony's College, Oxford) gave 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 will look at the ways in which military planners and others tried to deal with the great changes that European society was undergoing before 1914. It will examine the nature and values of the European officer corps and consider the impact on them of broader forces such as the rise of nationalism and militarism. It will also offer reasons for the pronounced bias towards the offensive.