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Historian to discuss impact of the country’s participation in World War I

Posted by on March 24, 2017

AURORA, Ill. — April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.  While not an easy decision for the country – most Americans preferred to remain neutral – it was decisive, enabling the Allies to achieve victory over the Central Powers in November 1918.


Trench warfare in World War I.

The United States emerged from the war with its isolationist tendencies intact, but ultimately a second and more devastating global conflict launched the country on its career as a dominant world power.

Frank Buscher, a historian and vice president of academic affairs at Aurora University, will explore the consequences of that decision in “Laying the Foundations for the ‘American Century’: The U.S. Entry into the First World War” on the evening of April 6 as part of the university’s ongoing Faculty Speaker Series.

Buscher has a distinguished record as a teacher, researcher and scholar, particularly in the area of war crimes, a topic on which he has published extensively. He received both his doctorate in modern European history and his master’s degree in history from Marquette University.

What: “Laying the Foundations for the ‘American Century’: The U.S. Entry into the First World War”
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Schingoethe Center, Tapper Recital Hall, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora

The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. To register, please go to

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