WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Gary Armstrong

Gary Armstrong is political science professor at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  He received his PhD at Georgetown University in 1994, with a dissertation focusing on the clash between Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Cabot Lodge over terminating the war with Imperial Germany in 1918.

Here’s the link to his page at the WW1HA website:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds is associate professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University.  His 2011 book “Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908-1918” received the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for international history.  

The Times Literary Supplement wrote of the book: “‘Shattering Empires’ is a fine book … it makes a valuable contribution not only to the history of Russian-Ottoman relations but also to our understanding of the intersection of nationalism and geopolitics in the age of imperial downfall.”

Here’s the ink to his page at the WW1HA website:



WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: John Kuehn

U.S. Navy CDR John T. Kuehn (Ret.)  is the General William Stofft Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

His books include “Agents of Innovation,” an analysis of how the Navy got from World War I to World War II.

He was an aviator in the Navy and retired in 2004 after serving 23 years.

Here’s the link to his symposium page:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Pierre Purseigle

Pierre Purseigle is Marie Curie Research Fellow at Yale University and an associate professor  in modern European history at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France, and the University of Toulouse.

Among other publications, he is the author of “Mobilisation, Sacrifice et Citoyenneté, Angleterre – France, 1900-1918 (Mobilization, Sacrifice, Citizenship: England — France, 1900-1918),” published by Editions Les Belles Lettres. The book contains a comparative study of two medium-sized towns in England and France between 1914 and 1918.

Purseigle is a co-founder and president of the International Society for First World War Studies and Editor-in-Chief of First World War Studies.

Here’s the link to his page at the symposium:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Ross F. Collins

Ross Collins is a communications professor at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Britain. WWI and the press is one of his research interests.

His book “World War I: Primary Documents on Events from 1914 to 1919,” published by Greenwood, is an anthology of newspaper and magazine excerpts. It was praised by Scott Stephenson (Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College):

“The author has done a superb job of collecting representative articles and providing explanatory annotation that puts the period pieces in context. He supports his primary object–providing a source text in journalism history–by including a short series of study questions at the end of each chapter.”

Here’s a link to the review:


Here is the link to Collins’ Symposium page:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Richard F. Hamilton

Richard Hamilton is a professor emeritus in sociology and political science at the Ohio State University. An Army veteran, he has written more than a dozen books, including three WWI books with fellow WW1HA 2013 Symposium speaker Holger Herwig.

“The Origins of World War I,” published by Cambridge University Press, was praised by the Journal of Military History:

Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig, and their distinguished team of nine additional contributors prove triumphantly that indeed there is (more to say about the war). Building on a carefully crafted conference held at Ohio State University in 1999, their book focuses on precisely who, within both the major and several of the minor belligerent states of World War I, took the decisions to go to war, and how and why they reached those decisions.”

Here’s the link to his Symposium page:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray is a graduate of Kings College London and the University of Oxford. He is an associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he teaches military history. His specialty is the evolution of warfare prior to 1914.

His new book, out this month, is “The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914,” published by Potomac Books.

Here’s his link:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Holger H. Herwig

Holger Herwig is a history professor at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has written more than a dozen books, including “The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary” (Bloomsbury Academic), part of the Modern War series.

He also wrote “The Outbreak Of World War I (Problems in European Civilization Series),” published by Wadsworth Publishing.

Here’s his link:


WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Michael S. Neiberg

Michael Neiberg is a history professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. He is a dynamic and lively speaker as well as an expert. His books include “The Second Battle of the Marne” (Indiana University Press), part of the Twentieth Century Battles series. This battle took place from July 15 to August 9, 1918 —   Ludendorff called Aug. 8, 1918, “the black day of the German Army.” 

Mike Neiberg also wrote “The Eastern Front 1914-1920” and “The Western Front 1914-1916.” His pre-war book, “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), was reviewed by Jay Winter for the Times Literary Press in these words:

“Neiberg’s story is a sober and chastening one, since it shows how wars take on a life of their own, in that the moral pollution they trigger lingers long after the diplomats have finished with the peace treaties supposedly ending hostilities…”

Here’s the link to his WW1HA Symposium page: