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Prelude to World War I
Sean McMeekin, author of July 1914: Countdown to War, talked about the events that led up to World War I and how things might have turned out differently. He argued against the idea that an arms race between Germany and Britain provoked war, instead describing a series of decisions made by heads of state that had a domino effect.237 views
The MacArthur Memorial’s 2014 World War I Centennial Symposium was held in partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Old Dominion University Department of History on November 14-15 and held in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson in France
James Thompson talked about Thomas Jefferson’s political philosophy and how his time in Paris in 1784 affected his way of thinking. Mr. Thompson spoke about the five years when Thomas Jefferson traveled to Paris as the minister of the United States to France. He described this period as a transformative experience for Jefferson due to his friendships with French revolutionaries and progressives.119 views
Mr. Thompson is the author of Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment: Paris 1785.