The Great War: WWI

ALL1394-C     12 Weeks      Thursday 3:00-4:20     Start Date 12-Sep
Grossman 106     Limit 25

This is a discussion-based course on “The Great War,” later known as World War I (1914-1918). It will be based on a collection of documents that address multiple aspects of the war, each through a number of voices. Thus, the readings will be from written or spoken accounts by participants in the war or their contemporaries, including statesmen, soldiers, women, people of numerous ethnic and racial identities, and supporters and critics of the war. We will then examine great issues raised by the war: its causes, combat on multiple fronts, the home front, the emotions and ideals unleashed by the war, and the final “peace settlement.” The documents themselves and the students’ unique interests should enable rich and varied discussions. The text for this course is World War I: A History in Documents by Marilyn Shevin-Cotzee and Frans Coetzee (2011). Please read the “Introduction,” pp.1-7 and “Into the Abyss,” pp. 9-19.

Text: Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee, World War I: A History in Documents, New York: Oxford U Press, 2011 (available on amazon books).
Assignment: Read the “Introduction” pp. 1-7, and “Into the Abyss,” pp. 9-19.

Coordinator:  Richard Stewart
Dick taught history for 43 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. His BA is from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and his MA is from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He has taught various history courses at ALL since 2016.