Corporate Raiders, Corporate Empire | The Great Catastrophe: Austria-Hungary in The Great War - GO9089
Goldsmiths, University of London
In this two-part lecture, Dr. Erica Wald first looks at the fierce competition between rival trading companies – the Portuguese. Dutch and English East India Companies between 17th and early 19th centuries. This corporate rivalry eventually resulted in the British gaining an imperial foothold in India. From these roots, the second British Empire was born. How did the East India Company rule and expand during this period? This lecture explores how the Company came to rule what would become the ‘jewel’ in the crown of Britain’s Empire.
In the second half, Dr. Alex Watson looks at First World War from Germany’s and Austria-Hungary’s perspectives. It examines why these states’ peoples followed their leaders to war in 1914 and why they endured over four years of conflict. From Lviv in the east to Lorraine in the West, societies underwent total mobilisation. They faced mortal threat. Terrifying Russian invasions ravaged their border provinces. A ruthless British naval ‘starvation blockade’ isolated them from the world and contributed to the deaths of a million Central European civilians.