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America Goes to War – Part 1


Speaker 1: Welcome to the How World War I Changed America podcast series sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation with host Dr. Libby O'Connell.


Libby O'Connell: I'm Libby O'Connell, and my guest the day is Jennifer Keene. Jennifer is the Dean of Wilkinson College and professor of history at Chapman University. Welcome, Jennifer. I'm so glad you can join us.


Jennifer Keene: Thank you so much for having me.


Libby O'Connell: All right. For today we have the first part of some questions about the world going to war. We need to have you setup the beginning of World War I and do it in under 15 minutes.


Jennifer Keene: Oh my goodness.


Libby O'Connell: [inaudible] your challenge by throwing down the gauntlet. We're so lucky to have you. Your knowledge is so deep on this topic. Let's start with setting it up. Can you briefly discuss the world before 1914? I want you to talk a little bit about the European rivalries, imperialism, all those factors.