HIS 362G • First War World
This course will examine the traumatic conflagration of 1914-18 that set the stage for the violent twentieth century. Once called "The Great War" by the generation that fought it, it was optimistically dubbed by some "the War to End All Wars." When it failed to achieve this noble goal and military conflict again rocked the world during the 1940s, the earlier struggle was rechristened World War I or the First World War, names by which it has been known ever since. This one-semester course will utilize lectures, readings, poetry, photographs, and film to *trace back into the 19th century the social,diplomatic, and military threads that ultimately combined to produce the First World War *explore the successive crises of the early 20th century leading up to the decisive events of 1914 that set the conflict in motion *examine in depth the course of the war, its effect upon the various participants, the evolution of military technology which it inspired, the profound social and economic changes which it wrought, and the life of the millions who were involved either on the battlefield or on the homefront *consider the outcome of the war and its many repercussions for the history of the twentieth century.
Grading Policy Grades will be based primarily on two examinations during the term, a non-cumulative final examination, and a short paper (8-10 pages) on a subject of the student's choosing. (Discussion and class contributions will also be taken into consideration.) Texts CLASS NOTES: compiled from the lectures and provided on the website; they will be the principal basis of the three exams E. M. Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front (the classic World War I novel) Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That (the most famous WW1 memoir) (extensive selections) Short selections, including documents and poetry. Required Films: Paths of Glory and Gallipoli