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'The Possibility of Civil War over Ireland in 1914'

Fri, February 19, 2010 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

Samuel R. Williamson, University of the South at Sewanee

 In July-August 1914 a distinguished and controversial Anglo-Irish officer, General Henry Wilson, found himself among British cabinet and parliamentary members on the verge of a civil war over Ireland.  At the lowest ebb in civil-military relations, he pressed for entry into the rapidly expanding European war.  The British military presence in Europe probably rescued the French at the Battle of the Marne and may have prevented a civil war in Britain and Ireland.  Wilson was eventually killed by an IRA gunman on his London door steps in June 1922.

Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., is President Emeritus of the University of the South. His works include The Politics of Grand Strategy: Britain and France Prepare for War, 1904-1914; Austria-Hungary and the Origins of First World War; and July 1914: Soldiers, Statesmen, and the Coming of the Great War with Russel Van Wyk.  He has taught at the U.S. Military Academy, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the University of the South at Sewanee.

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