The First World War: A Sequence of Events

July 15, 2014, 19:00

In its latest installment, “Russian Planet” will continue its series of public discussions on the First World War by offering its readers, as well as the historical research community, an opportunity to examine the major events determining the course of the Great War.

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” is presenting a special project to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I: we will attempt to reconstruct the events of the epoch in a step-by-step manner.

“Russian Planet” intends to offer its readers, as well as historians and researchers of World War I, the chance to participate in a discussion identifying the Great War’s crucial moments, the ones that were to influence the sequence of events of this global conflict. 


Where: The Digital October Center, Room 2 (how to get there)
When: July 15th, 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)
  • Konstantin Zalessky (historian, journalist, Russian Institute of Strategic Research)
  • Nikolai Lysenko (historian, regular contributer to “Russian Planet”)

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

Discussion materials will be published here.

Video recording of the first discussion, which examined the reasons for the outbreak of World War I:


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