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WWI: Who Lit The Fire?


When you think of World War I, you may picture soldiers fighting in the trenches, but the whole conflict started with the assassination of an Austrian archduke.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Sean McMeekin, who says it was a group of corrupt statesmen who held the match that lit the European powder keg.


  • Sean McMeekin, professor at Koç University in Turkey and author of The Russian Origins of the First World War and July 1914: Countdown to War

HEAR MORE: Sean McMeekin speaks at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St.


When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.