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Historian to speak at Wake Forest on early 20th century European alliances

March 11, 2008

Maureen Healy, associate professor of history at Oregon State University, will speak on “Frontiers and Friends: Austrians, Germans and Turks in the Early Twentieth Century,” at 6 p.m. March 19 in Room 102 at Scales Fine Arts Center at Wake Forest University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the history department.

Early 20th century German and Austrian writers often used the term “friendship” to describe their nations’ relationship with the Ottomans, who had been their historical foes.  The talk will explore the limits and possibilities of such “friendships.”

Healy holds a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.  Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of Central Europe with special emphasis on World War I, nations and nationalism, gender and everyday life.  She is the author of  the book “Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I.”

For more information, call (336) 758-5501.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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