Michael S. Neiberg


On his book Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

Cover Interview of August 21, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The hatreds of the murderous 20th century were a product, not a cause, of World War I.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The people of Europe were now stuck in a war they had not caused, but equally one they could not stop.  The total war of 1914 had already produced a conflict that could only end with a total peace.  Thus Europeans knew that the only possible course of action was to fight on.  The only future worse than a future of war was a future of defeat.”

On the second:

“Transnational scholars originally examined forces that cross borders and are beyond the control of nation-states such as climate change.  My book is one of the first to apply it to war.”