HIST 2840 World War I (Spring: 3 )
A century on from a war that ravaged populations across the globe, radically altered international politics, and changed the landscape of philosophy and culture, nations and historians are still trying to make sense of what happened. In this course we will explore some of the classic historical problems of the First World War, such as how it started and what its aftermath wrought, but we will also examine the war’s deeper impact – how did the memory of the war shape subsequent generations? How has its legacy complicated the development of the Middle East and Asia through the 20th century? Finally, we will investigate the efforts of the belligerent nations to commemorate the war’s 100th anniversary from 2014-2018 as an example of how World War I, then and even now, shapes national identities.
Instructor(s): Jesse Tumblin
Last Updated: 21-Feb-18