HIST 135 Fall 2012 The Great War, 1914-1918 (W)

Cross Listed as LEAD135
During the nineteenth and early twentieth century Europeans and their immediate offspring created the modern world. European industry, science, trade, weapons, and culture dominated the globe. After a century of general peace the continual "progress" of Western Civilization seemed assured. Then, in August, 1914, the major European powers went to war with one another. After four years of unprecedented carnage, violence, and destruction, Europe was left exhausted and bitter, its previous optimism replaced by pessimism, its world position undermined, and its future clouded by a deeply flawed peace settlement. What were the fundamental causes of the Great War? How and why did it break out when it did and who was responsible? Why was it so long, ferocious, wasteful, and, until the very end, indecisive? Why did the Allies, rather than the Central Powers, emerge victorious? What did the peace settlement settle? How was Europe changed? What is the historical significance of the conflict?
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: paper or critique every week
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none; first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, and then sophomores, who have not previously taken a 100-level tutorial
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1360
HIST135-T1(F) TUT The Great War, 1914-1918 (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive James B. Wood
TBA 1360
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