The First World War

Spring 2015

HIST 3352

The First World War

Elizabeth F. Thompson

At the Great War's centennial, we take stock of its impact on shaping life in the 20th century for peoples  around the globe.  Movies, memoirs, government reports and other texts throw light on causes of the war, the human carnage of 1914-18,  Woodrow Wilson's ill-fated effort to end war forever with a League of Nations, the destruction of liberal politics and the rise of fascist and communist regimes in postwar Europe, and the launch of anti-colonial movements in the African and Asian empires of Britain and France.  Readings include Hew Strachan's The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War, Paul Fussell's classic The Great War and Modern Memory, Adam Hochschild's To End All Wars, Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919, Sheila Fitzpatrick's The Russian Revolution, Donald Bloxham's The Great Game of Genocide, and George Antonius' The Arab Awakening.  Movies include  Lawrence of Arabia, Paths of Glory, The Grand Illusion, and Dr. Zhivago.  Requirements include two midterms; a short paper on a novel, movie, or memoir; and a final exam.   

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