HISTORY 216 - War and Society in the 20th Century: World War I
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Contemporaries experienced World War I both as an exhilarating revolution and as a terrible revelation. The conflict radically changed social and political life and revealed that modernity was anything but a synonym of progress. We will approach the war from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. First, this will be a course in political and military history, meant to familiarize students with the main coordinates of the conflict in terms of diplomatic, economic, and technological developments. Second, this course will deal with the many meanings historical actors themselves attributed to the conflict and the ways they experienced it from a multitude of class, gender, religious, ideological, and ethnic/racial perspectives. For that, we will look at a variety of cultural artifacts, ranging from literary memoirs to popular and “high” music, and from soldiers’ poetry to their private letters. Finally, the course will probe the relationships between history and memory, assessing the distance between our vision of the war in today’s popular culture and the many visions that competed with each other a century ago. We will sample some of the ways the war has been memorialized, discussing whether a truly detached and objective understanding is possible or even desirable.

HISTORY 216 - War and Society in the 20th Century: World War I
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
25341
Open
75
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
25354
Open
25
 
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M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
25355
Open
25
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25356
Open
25
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 0470655828
Empires, soldiers, and citizens : a World War I sourcebook, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons 2013
Required
ISBN: 0521736269
World War I : the global revolution, Author: Sondhaus, Lawrence, 1958-, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011
Required
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