Location: The Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston
Topic: Nov. 11, 1918: World War I Ended. A Century Has Passed but the Great War’s Aftermath Still Shapes our World
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Ganaway of the History and International Studies Dept. at the College of Charleston.
This year, around the world, major commemorative events will occur on Nov. 11, Armistice Day, today known as Veterans Day in America, exactly one hundred years after the guns fell silent on the Western front. These remembrances will underscore the war’s devastating, calamitous cost. For example, the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman Turkish empires had enormous consequences, unleashing developments that directly impact us today as in Syria currently.
Dr. Bryan Ganaway is a scholar specializing in the events and impact of WWI and WWII on civil societies and military strategies. He will discuss the many ways in which the Great War’s impact is felt today. Dr. Ganaway is a Faculty Fellow at the Honors College, College of Charleston, and affiliated with the International Studies and History Departments. He is a scholar of modern German and European history, teaching classes on World Wars I and II. Author of a book on late 19th century German history, his current project is a study of the impact of World War I on 20th century history, with special focus on American military leaders and strategy in the decades after 1918, entitled ‘1918 – The Dread Year: WWI and the Making of the 20th Century.’ A unique teaching resource for his students is an oral history archive, drawing on his interviews of veterans of WWII and completed in conjunction with Rita Livingston. These have been deposited at the Addlestone Library with the Library of Congress.
Dr. Ganaway is a graduate of the University of Miami and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
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–Submitted by Barbara Burgess