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With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918

International History public lecture

David Stevenson retells the story of the final year of the First World War. In a remarkable piece of original research he goes to the roots of this dramatic reversal of fortune, analysing the reasons for Allied success and the collapse of Germany and its partners. Everything from food supply to finance, strategy to technology, logistics and morale is explored in an assessment that lays bare the nerve-racking decisions and sheer uncertainty faced on both sides.

David Stevenson is a Professor of International History at LSE, and author of the highly praised 1914-1918: The History of the First World War. This event marks the publication of his new book With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918.


Professor David Stevenson | talks


Date and Time:

9 June 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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