World War I was a seminal global catastrophe. In a podcast for the History Hub.ie podcast series Dr William Mulligan (UCD) explores the complex origins of the conflict, which was the product of a series of international crises. He explores the roles of imperialism, European strategic alliances, rising military capability, the influence of public opinion on foreign policy and the impact of the global economic climate on policy and politics.
William Mulligan is the author of The Great War for Peace (Yale University Press), The Origins of the First World War (Cambridge UP) and The Creation of the Modern German army: General Walther Reinhardt and the Weimar Republic, 1914-1930 (Berghahn).
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Image: A Copse, Evening, 1918 by A. Y. Jackson. Canadian War Museum [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons