This April the Doylestown Bookshop will be partnering with the Doylestown Historical Society to host events through the month of April as a precursor to The World War I Commemoration programming the DHS will celebrate throughout the town in May 2017. This year the focus is on World War I, specifically the role that Doylestown and its citizens played in the Great War. In order to honor the past and all those who were touched by the war, we will be hosting four speaking events here at the Doylestown Bookshop with hopes of providing a space for reflection and education. For other events in this series, please visit our WWI History Series page.
Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00pm
Over There: The United States and World War I, 1917-1918
Presentation with Gregory Urwin
Mr. Urwin will be giving a power point presentation which will consist of a fast-paced overview of the American war effort, with an emphasis on the performance of the American Expeditionary Forces in France. It was that conflict, much more than the Spanish-American War, that marked our country's debut as a major military and diplomatic power (something that was inevitable after the USA became the world's richest and most productive industrial power at the end of the 19th century). Our relationship with the world was forever changed -- despite the fact that we tried to duck our destiny by embracing isolationism in the 1920s and 1930s.
Click here to visit the Doylestown Historical Society's page about this event.
About Mr. Urwin
||Gregory J. W. Urwin, the immediate past president of the Society for Military History, is a professor of history at Temple University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 1984, and taught at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas, and the University of Central Arkansas before arriving at Temple in 1999. Urwin has produced nine books, including Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer, Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island, Black Flag over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, and his latest, Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945. He is now researching a social history of Lord Charles Cornwallis’ 1781 Virginia campaign.
Urwin’s publications have won the General Wallace M. Greene, Jr., Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the Harold L. Peterson Award from the Eastern National Park and Monuments Association. He delivered the 2004 George Bancroft Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy and the 2014 Harmon Memorial Lecture at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has also spoken at the U.S. Military Academy, Army History and Education Center, Army War College, National Museum of the U.S. Navy, William L. Clements Library, Anderson House, American Philosophical Society, David Library of the American Revolution, National World War II Museum, and Philadelphia’s Union League. Urwin is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West, Academic Fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, and general editor for the Campaigns and Commanders Series from University of Oklahoma Press.