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In the second volume of his landmark First World War trilogy, Professor Nick Lloyd tells the story of what Winston Churchill once called the 'unknown war': the vast conflict in Eastern Europe and the Balkans that brought about the collapse of three empires. Through intimate eyewitness reports, diary entries and memoirs - many of which have never been translated into English before - Lloyd reconstructs the full story of a war that began as a local struggle between Austria-Hungary and Serbia, and which sucked in Russia, Germany and Italy, right through to the final collapse of the Habsburg Empire in 1918. The Eastern Front paints a vivid and authoritative picture of a conflict that shook the world, and that remains central to understanding the tragic, blood-soaked trajectory of the entire twentieth century, including the current war in Ukraine. In this talk, Nick will discuss the origins of his book, talk about how it was written, and what it tells us about this seminal period of history.

Nick Lloyd is Professor of Modern Warfare at King’s College London, based at the Defence Academy UK in Shrivenham, Wiltshire. He has written six books, including The Western Front (2021), which was the first volume in a groundbreaking trilogy on the First World War. The second volume, The Eastern Front, was published in March 2024 and was an instant Sunday Times bestseller.


All welcome online, booking required. Please note, only those with a security pass to the Defence Academy can attend in-person.

Please note that registration for this seminar will close 24 hours in advance. Details about how to join the seminar will be circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.