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Paris Peace Conference of 1919 Event

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, the International History Institute & The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts Present:The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the End of the Great War

Schedule of Events

12:00-1:00PM Light lunch available
1:00-1:15PM Opening Remarks
1:15-3:00PM Session I: The End of the War (Chair, Andrew David)
3:00-3:15PM Coffee Break
3:15-4:30PM Session II: The Settlement Envisaged (Chair, John Woodward)
4:30-5:30PM Keynote Speaker and General Discussion
5:30-6:15PM Reception
The event is free and open to the public.

Session I: Panelists

  • Cathal Nolan (Boston University): ‘Winning the War, Before Losing the Peace’
  • John Maurer (Naval War College): ‘The Naval Battle of Paris: America, Britain, and Sea Power at War’s End’
  • Michael McGuire (Salem State University): ‘Foreign Relief or Foreign Relations: Humanitarian War Aid during the Paris Peace Conferenc

Session II:Panelists:

  • William Keylor (Boston University): ‘Wilsonian Internationalism and the Test of Time’
  • Igor Lukes (Boston University): ‘Frantisek Palacky, Thomas Masaryk: Contending Visions of Central Europe?’
  • Erik Goldstein (Boston University): ‘Britain’s Plans for a New Middle Eastern Empire’.
  • Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow): Contending conceptions of international organization

Keynote Speaker
Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow): Contending conceptions of international organization

Speaker Bios:

  • Andrew David is a Lecturer in History, Boston University. His research is in the area of American diplomatic history, national security and the history of international relations.
  • Erik Goldstein is Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University. The author of Winning the Peace: British Planning for the Paris Peace Conference, and of The First
    World War Peace Settlements, 1919-25. He was a Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow, Naval War College and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK).
  • Peter Jackson, Professor of Global Security at the University of Glasgow. He is currently Codirector of the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Research Network ‘Visions of Global Order:
    Peace, Law and Security after the First World War’. He is the author of Beyond the Balance of Power: France and the Politics of National Security in the Era of the First World War (Cambridge, 2013).
  • William Keylor is Professor of International Relations and History emeritus at Boston University. He is the author of The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919. A recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, Earhart, and Whiting Fellowships. Elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Chevalier de L’Ordre National du Mérite awarded by the French government, and former president of the Society for French Historical Studies. He was the founding director of the International History Institute at Boston University.
  • Igor Lukes is University Professor and Professor of International Relations and History. The author of Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930′s, and co-editor with Erik Goldstein of The Munich Crisis, 1938. Prof Lukes is the Recipient of the Central Intelligence Agency, Studies in Intelligence Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Literature on Intelligence.’
  • Michael McGuire teaches at Salem State University and is a Lecturer at the Pardee School. The editor of As it Actually Was: A History of International Relations through Documents, 1823-
    1945 and of the forthcoming book Hidden Transformations: The American Reconstruction of Devastated France and Franco-American Relations in the Great War Era, 1914-1933.
  • John Maurer is Alfred Thayer Mahan Distinguished Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy at the Naval War College. The author or editor of books examining the outbreak of the First World War, naval rivalries and arms control between the two world wars, a study on Winston Churchill and British grand strategy, as well as numerous articles on international relations, strategy, and war. He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s advisory committee on naval history, and as Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College where he teaches in the advanced strategy program. In recognition of his contribution to professional military education, he received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Superior Civilian Service Award.
  • Cathal Nolan is Executive Director of the International History Institute at Boston University. He is the author of The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford, 2017), which received the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History.
  • John Woodward is Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University. A former Central Intelligence Agency officer, he has also worked at RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His interests include military history and the history of intelligence.


May 8
12:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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John C. Johnson


Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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