Graduate Colloquium: The First World War

History 595JA
Fall 2004
Tuesdays, 4:20-6:50 pm
Sierra Hall 288
Prof. Jeffrey Auerbach

Description: World War I was a cataclysmic event that fundamentally changed the world. As there is an unmanageable amount of historical writing on the First World War, any course on the subject must by necessity be selective. This seminar highlights recent writings and rancorous debates, focusing on 1) the causes of the war, 2) the experience of battle, 3) the home front, 4) the war’s imperial and overseas impact, and 5) the consequences of the war.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
Schedule of Topics and Readings:

Aug. 24
Historiographical Overview
The Causes of the War
Aug. 31
James Joll, The Origins of the First World War (1984)
Sept. 7
David Herrmann, The Arming of Europe (1997)
Sept. 14
Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War (2000), pp. i-247
The Experience of Battle
Sept. 21
Alistair Horne, The Price of Glory (1962)
Sept. 28
Ian Ousby, The Road to Verdun (2002)
Oct. 5
Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War (2000), pp. 248-394
Gender and the Home Front
Oct. 12
Susan Grayzel, Women's Identities at War (1999)
Oct. 19
Nicoletta Gullace, “The Blood of Our Sons” (2002)
Imperial and Overseas Connections
Oct. 26
Byron Farwell, The Great War in Africa (1986)
Nov. 2
Joe Lunn, Memoirs of the Maelstrom (1999)
Nov. 9
David Fromkin, The Peace to End All Peace (2001), pp. 1-379
Nov. 16
Margaret Macmillan, Paris 1919 (2001)
Nov. 23
David Fromkin, The Peace to End All Peace (2001), pp. 381-end
Nov. 30
Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War (2000), pp. 395-end
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