History | World War I and European Society
J400 | 3007 | Diehl

Above section open to majors only
Above section is NOT an intensive writing course
Above section open to undergraduates only

In 1914 Europe went to war.  Most participants expected a short,
glorious, and victorious war.  Instead, they found themselves
involved in a horrific four-year war of industrial attrition that
destroyed millions of lives and the prosperous Europe of the 19th
century.  The social-economic, political, and psychological strains
of the war traumatized European society, produced the violent
ideological movements of communism and fascism, and sowed the seeds
for World War II.  This course will examine World War I in detail
from four main perspectives: diplomatic/military; socioeconomic;
personal, and cultural.  Each perspective will in turn be used to
examine different approaches and sources that historians use to write
history.  There will be weekly readings (100-300 pages), several
short papers, and, at the end of the course, a longer paper.