Lecture: Samuel R. Williamson

With a book presentation of Günter Bischof, Ferdinand Karlhofer, Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., eds., 1914: Austria-Hungary, the Origins, and the First Year of World War I (Contemporary Austrian Studies 23).

Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., a native of Louisiana, is President Emeritus of the University of the South. Educated at Tulane,

Edinburgh, and Harvard, he has taught at the U. S. Military Academy (as a serving officer), Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of the South. At Chapel Hill he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Provost of the University, then later for twelve years as President of the University of the South.

He has written widely about the origins of the First World War: The Politics of Grand Strategy: Britain and France Prepare for War, 1904-1914 (1969); Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War (1991), and with Russel Van Wyk, July 1914: Soldiers, Statesmen, and the Coming of the Great War (2003). Most recently, he was guest editor of 1914: Austria-Hungary, the Origins, and the First Year of the World War I.