Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The Great War: Crucible of the Twentieth Century

History 39O

Fall 2013
3205 Dwinelle Hall
Day & Time: 
MW 2-4P

This course will introduce students to a number of ways of thinking about the war that George F. Kennan described as the "seminal evil of the twentieth century": the Great War of 1914 to 1918. We will be examining some key works of political, social and cultural history, including first-person accounts and literary sources, in an attempt to identify and explore some of the ways in which this war permanently altered the history of Europe. 

Course Books

Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning by Winter, Jay Cambridge UP. ISBN: 978-0521639880 Required
Testament of Youth by Brittain, Vera Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0143039235 Required
The Face of Battle by Keegan, John Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140048971 Required
Under Fire by Barbusse, Henri Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0143039044 Required
German Atrocities 1914: A History of Denial by Horne, John; Kramer, Alan Yale UP. ISBN: 978-0300107913 Required
Empires, Soldiers and Citizens: A World War I Sourcebook by Shevin-Coetzee, Marilyn, ed. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0470655832 Required
14–18: Understanding the Great War by Audoin-Rouzeau, Stéphane; Becker, Annette Hill and Wang. ISBN: 978-0809046430 Required
The Long Fuse by Laurence Lafore Waveland Press. ISBN: 978-0881339543 Required