The 2019 History Lecture Series: Versailles….False Promise, with speaker Mark Albertson


History Lecture Series

The History Lecture Series is an annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society. Each year a theme is developed, and respected scholars are engaged to provide a lively, thought-provoking talk on their specialty subject. The lecture is followed by a question and answer period and reception. Generous sponsors make it all possible; each lecture is individually sponsored.

The 2019 History Lecture Series

‘Sex, Scandal and Upheaval: 1919 – What’s Changed?’


Sunday, January 27, 4 – 5:30, at Wilton Library

Versailles….False Promise

Speaker: Mark Albertson
Moderator: Steve Hudspeth
Sponsored by Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria

In the 12th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the history lecture series theme will be ‘Sex, Scandal and Upheaval: 1919 – What’s Changed?’

Historian and author Mark Albertson will kick off the series with a lecture highlighting several themes from his 8-week course on the transition period between World War One and Two. The Versailles Treaty did not bring about the expected conclusion to a conflict which claimed some 15,000,000 lives. The industrialized war started by the European colonial powers in 1914 heralded the end of their primacy in global affairs as well as fostering the cataclysmic political collapse of dynasties which had been in existence for centuries. Thus the seeds were sown in 1919 for the continuation of the conflict in 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria; a continuation which would see to the rise of two great powers that would forever change the global dynamics of power. Indeed, the only two powers able to wage industrialized, corporatized war on the level witnessed from 1939 to 1945 . . . the United States and the Soviet Union. The massive effort of Levee en Masse ended centuries of European dominance, paving the way for a new balance of power . . . the Cold War.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He has authored several books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They’ll Have to Follow You!; The Triumph of the Great White Fleet; and On History: A Treatise. He is presently at work on the second of a two-volume history of Army Aviation. Mark teaches as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College on the following topics: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, the American Empire, the Nazi Revolution and Jihad! An avid speaker, he travels widely throughout Connecticut presenting topics of history and current events in a variety of venues. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed.
The media sponsor for the series is the Wilton Bulletin.
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