Dr. Hans Krabbendam
Theodore Roosevelt was a virile man, who loved to be
addressed as 'colonel', and considered war a useful instrument for
strengthening the American nation. This lecture will reconstruct Roosevelt's
worldview in which violence played a redemptive role at the frontline and
analyze the ironic twist in Roosevelt's final stage in life when the events of
and the debates about the First World War made him feel defeated instead of
victorious. Far from acting as his finest hour, the Great War brought TR down
to his knees.
Dr. Hans Krabbendam is assistant director of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands, and co-editor of "America's Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the "Discovery" of Europe" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012).
Thursday 24 September 2015 | 17:30
Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University