Robert Blobaum recently authored A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War (Cornell University Press, 2017), in which he explores the social and cultural history of Warsaw’s “forgotten war” of 1914-1918. Beginning with the bank panic that accompanied the outbreak of the Great War in an exposed frontline city, Blobaum guides his readers through spy scares, bombardments, mass migratory movements, and the Russian evacuation of 1915. Industrial collapse in the war’s first year marked only the opening phase of Warsaw’s wartime economic crisis, which grew steadily worse during the German occupation. Blobaum shows how conflicts over distribution of and access to scarce resources led to social divisions, a sharp deterioration in Polish-Jewish relations, and general distrust in public institutions. Wartime conditions also brought women prominently into the public sphere, whether as angry and unemployed consumers in the city’s streets or in the front lines of those institutions providing public assistance. New modes of popular entertainment, including cinema, cabaret and variety shows challenged elite notions of propriety. Blobaum presents these themes in comparison not only with other major European cities during the Great War, but also with Warsaw under Nazi German occupation a generation later.