Pershing lecture examines ‘The Fate of the Kaiser’



Pershing lecture examines ‘The Fate of the Kaiser’

On Oct. 24, Dr. Donald Scott Stephenson presented “Caesar Without Legions: The German Army and the Fate of the Kaiser” as part of the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series.

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Dr. Donald Scott Stephenson presented “Caesar Without Legions: The German Army and the Fate of the Kaiser” on Oct. 24.

Dr. Stephenson examined the Kaiser’s decision, when in November 1918, the Kaiser was facing defeat on the battlefield and revolution at home. Should he seek a hero’s death at the front, should he lead the army into the homeland to crush the revolution, or should he flee to a neutral country to avoid the fate of his cousin, Tsar Nicholas, shot down by a revolutionary firing squad?

Dr. Donald Scott Stephenson served 25 years as an Army officer, retiring in 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, a master’s in history from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Kansas. He has taught military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College for 25 years. His book, The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front and the German Revolution of 1918, won the 2010 Tomlinson Prize for Best Book in English on World War I.

The CGSC Department of Military History hosts the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series with support from the CGSC Foundation. The lecture series is intended to foster understanding of this world-changing conflict during its 100-year commemoration. More than any other single event, World War I was the decisive, shaping experience of the Twentieth Century. It was a brutal war that brought down four empires, led to revolution in Russia, and eventually brought the United States onto the world stage as a major power. We live with its results to this day.

Stephenson’s lecture was the 17th in the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series hosted by the CGSC Department of Military History and supported by the CGSC Foundation, and the first Pershing Lecture to be held in academic year 2019. The CGSC Foundation has received support for all Pershing lectures in academic year 2019 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas.

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. For more information contact Col. (Ret.) Rod Cox, email– rcox@thesimonscenter.org, or phone 913-82-7244.

For more photos from this lecture visit the album on the CGSC Foundation Flickr site.

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