Maynooth Lecture—Echoes of Ukraine

Dr. David Murphy, National University of Ireland at Maynooth, “Echoes of Ukraine: The Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40,” Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm, Fannie B. Williams Liberal Arts Building, 104 McCue Auditorium.

Dr. David Murphy’s talk, “Echoes of Ukraine: The Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40,” focuses on a largely forgotten conflict during the opening months of World War II. It pitted the Soviet Union, which had the largest army in Europe at the time, against Finland, which had one of the smallest. Their David-and-Goliath struggle and its outcome had a significant impact on Europe as it faced an expanding world war. Moreover, this conflict has many parallels to the current war between Russia and Ukraine and holds important lessons for today.


Dr. David Murphy, a graduate of University College and Trinity College in Dublin, is a lecturer in military history and strategic studies at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. He has also taught at the Dutch Military Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the South African Military Academy at Saldanah, and the United States Army Command and Staff College. In 2004 he became the first Irish scholar to be awarded a fellowship to the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, and in 2018 he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr. Murphy is currently a visiting fellow at the Changing Character of Warfare Center at the University of Oxford, a member of the Royal United Services Institute, and an external examiner for the Department of Defense Studies, Kings College, London. His major publications include Breaking Point of the French Army: the Nivelle Offensive of 1917 (2015) and Lawrence of Arabia (2011). His most recent publication is “Irish Regiments and Soldiers in the Crimean War: Their Contribution & Legacy,” British Journal for Military History vol. 9, no. 3 (2023).

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