Europe: Then and Now, featuring Professor Christopher Clark

This discussion is worth your time: Parallels Between 1914 and 2014

Last week we welcomed Christopher Clark, Professor of Modern European History at Cambridge University and author of The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, for a fascinating conversation commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.   In many ways, 1914 speaks loudly to us today.  A single powerful event, the June 28, 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, not only changed the chemistry of a country but unhinged the global system.  Professor Clark offered a dynamic presentation on the events that led to what became known as the July 1914 crisis and shed light on the significant differences between Europe then and now – most notably the West’s response to the Ukraine crisis.  As the lessons of the past remain ever-relevant for contemporary policymaking, I wanted to be sure to share this very interesting conversation with you at this critical moment.  Additionally, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who attended Professor Clark’s discussion at CSIS, recently offered his reflections on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine through the 1914 historic lens in a thought-provoking piece