This was a great seminar. Dr. Ballard did a super job.
I wasn't able to join the actual talk and just viewed the recording. Sorry. It was Brilliant. The subject is complex and has many moving parts and even though I have done some reading and viewing of documentaries on this subject I learned a great deal. Dr Ballard's lecture was detailed but a herculean effort was made to make it as understandable and as simple as possible. The side stories brought in the human dimension of the event as well as why there was so much turmoil in the Balkan area. The stories gave one the ability to see the turmoil as a desire by many groups to be free of repression and control and to unite under a national identity. Unfortunately assassinating the next ruler of the A-H empire only helped to bring on the calamity of a world war. Amazing and quite delightful presentation by an Irishman who delivers with charm, humor, and respect for his students.
Finn did a magnificent job detailing and explaining a very complex subject! He is great!
Dr. Ballard in engaging fashion unraveled the complex European scene(s) which led to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand unleashing the First World War. I learned a lot and highly recommend this seminar.
A wonderfully engaging and informative presentation by Dr. Ballard. Detailed, appropriately illustrated and deeply researched. Bravo!