LEAD 382
The Great War, 1914-1918 Fall 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as LEAD382 / HIST482

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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?
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1322
Requirements/Evaluation: paper or critique every week
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: senior History Majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia;

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