The Reasons Behind the First World War

July 8, 2014, 19:00 discussion

On July 8th, Russian Planet will host a public discussion about the possible causes of World War I at the Digital October Center.

One hundred years ago, a watershed moment occurred in world history: the First World War broke out, heralding the end of the modern era and ushering in an epoch of revolution and world wars, mass terror and whirlwind technological progress. Four great empires would not survive this war, the Russian Empire amongst them. The borders of Europe were to be completely redrawn. Soviet historiography considered the First World War to be reactionary, unjust, and expansionist, and, as a result, did not pay it the attention it was due. In contrast with the Second World War, whose victory continues to shape the Russian identity to this day, the First World War remains almost entirely forgotten in our country --  though it had just as much significance for world history. ‘Russian Planet’ plans on releasing a special project to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I: we will attempt to reconstruct the event of the epoch in a thorough and step-by-step manner.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was by no means the only cause of the First World War. Over the course of the public discussion with which ‘Russian Planet’ intends to engage its readers, as well as historians and researchers of World War I, it hopes to find and explain the others.


Where: The Digital October Center, Room 2 (how to get there)
When: July 8th, 19:00

Participation is free, but you have to register beforehand. Space is limited.

Invited speakers include:

  • Sergey Volkov (Doctor of Historical Sciences; Professor, Orthodox St. Tikhonovsky Humanitarian University)
  • Oleg Budnitsky (Doctor of Historical Sciences; Professor, National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Senior Fellow, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • Oleg Airapetov (Candidate of Historical Sciences; Deputy Dean, Moscow State University)
  • Dmitry Surzhik (Candidate of Historical Sciences)


Moderator: Pavel Pryanikov, Head Editor of ‘Russian Planet’. 


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