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History on the 8’s lecture: The War to End all Wars
July 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Many significant moments in Czech and Slovak history occurred in years ending in “8.” This lecture series featuring five acclaimed authors and scholars who will put the pivotal events of 1918, 1938, 1948, and 1968 into context and show how they continue to shape our lives in 2018.
Sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial Services, and Gary and Cathy Rozek.
Cost: Free, RSVP required. Seating is limited
Michael Eckers will discuss how WWI set the stage for WWII including the key causes and effects of the two World Wars. Having focused his writing and studies on American history, Michael will look at the internal workings of Europe in the first part of the 20th century, showing how WWI was not in fact the war to end all wars.
Michael Eckers has studied the history of America and our military for more than 40 years. He is retired from Federal service including four years in the US Navy during the Vietnam era. Michael resided in southern Minnesota for most of his life and recently began traveling the country, speaking and writing. He is an active supporter of numerous historical and veterans groups in the Midwest and Florida.
World War I was the “war to end all wars.” At least that was the hope. The partial breaking up of a monarchial system that had been in place throughout Europe for centuries created more freedoms for the formerly oppressed. The cries of nationalism were only partially heard by the mapmakers working hard to redraw a new Europe. The Treaty of Versailles brought about a hodgepodge of small independent countries containing mixtures of people groups. It was like unscrambling the ingredients of a bowl of stew. Combined with the insurmountable war debt suffered by, or levied on, countries during the war and subsequent peace, a new generation was raised that would have to fight another conflict to “get it right.”
Sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial Services