History Department
History Department

"Achtung, Baby! Under the Gaiety Are Signs of War"

Sun, November 13, 2011 | Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, Texas 78705

2:00 PM

The Neill-Cochran House Museum Modern Times speaker series presents a talk by Andrew Villalon, senior lecturer of History at UT Austin, entitled "Achtung, Baby! Under the Gaiety Are Signs of War"

When we talk about wars, our focus is usually on the battles, military leaders, soldiers, spies, POWs, and folks keeping the home fires burning.  As Modern Times moves through the end of the 19th century, all is not well abroad; and before going into the new century that, early on, saw the Great War, we would be prudent to "arm" ourselves with news from Europe.  World War I touched the state, the city of Austin, and the Cochran family, which recently donated Mrs. Cochran's WWI Mother's Flag.

Balance of power is delicate, and shifts can brew enmities that fester and eventually explode.  It's the late 19th-century power shifts and the simmer they caused that L. J. Andrew Villalon will address in this section of the series. 

The term "Gay '90s" was coined in the 1920s as people looked back with nostalgia on their prewar days. Dr. Villalon will decode the sentimentality and take us to pivotal points that changed the world. Professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati and Senior Lecturer in the University of Texas Department of History, Dr. Villalon is a specialist in late medieval and early modern European history. He has published on automotive history and the history of World War I.

Refreshments are served at 2:00 PM, and Dr. Villalon's presentation starts at 2:30. Seating is limited, so please call to reserve a spot. Tickets are free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum and only $10 for non-members.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum

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