From January through March, a collaboration between Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library will present a four-part scholarly lecture series. In the twelfth year of collaboration, the theme will be 'Sex, Scandal and Upheaval: 1919 - What's Changed?' The four-part series will explore the headlines that defined the year from the Treaty of Versailles to the Black Sox Scandal to the women's suffrage movement, including how events impacted Connecticut.
The series kicks off Sunday, Jan. 27 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. with historian and author Mark Albertson at Wilton Library. Albertson’s lecture will highlight several themes from his 8-week course on the transition period between World War One and Two. The Versailles Treaty did not bring about the expected conclusion to a conflict which claimed some 15,000,000 lives. The industrialized war started by the European colonial powers in 1914 heralded the end of their primacy in global affairs as well as fostering the cataclysmic political collapse of dynasties which had been in existence for centuries. Thus the seeds were sown in 1919 for the continuation of the conflict in 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria; a continuation which would see the rise of two great powers that would forever change the global dynamics of power. Indeed, the only two powers able to wage industrialized, corporatized war on the level witnessed from 1939 to 1945 . . . the United States and the Soviet Union. The massive effort of Levee en Masse ended centuries of European dominance, paving the way for a new balance of power . . . the Cold War.
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He has authored several books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They'll Have to Follow You!; The Triumph of the Great White Fleet; and On History: A Treatise. He is presently at work on the second of a two-volume history of Army Aviation. Mark teaches as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College on the following topics: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, the American Empire, the Nazi Revolution and Jihad! An avid speaker, he travels widely throughout Connecticut presenting topics of history and current events in a variety of venues. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut
Receptions follow the talks. There is no charge for the series, but donations are always welcomed. Registration is strongly encouraged for this very popular series; please register separately for each lecture. To register, please click here or call Wilton Library's circulation desk at (203) 762-6334.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Conn. Register online at wiltonlibrary.org or by phoning (203) 762-3950.