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Upper Level Courses

300-400 level courses are on special topics and are more advanced. They often presuppose some basic knowledge in the field and should be more difficult courses than courses at the 1-199 levels. The department is trying to insure that some 400 level courses, although substantially more difficult, are also small in size; they thus may be suitable for graduate students.

HIST 425 World War I


Taught as schedule allows (consult the Course Directory)

This survey course examines the outbreak, conduct, and aftermath of the First World War. The First World War put an end to the world of the nineteenth century and laid the foundations of the twentieth century, the age of destruction and devastation. This course will examines the war in three components: the long-term and immediate causes of the First World War; the war's catastrophic conduct, on the battlefield and on the home front; and, the war's devastating aftermath. While we will discuss military operations and certain battles, this course is not a military history of the war; it covers the social, economic, political and diplomatic aspects that contributed to the war's outbreak and made possible its execution over four devastating years. No preliminary knowledge or coursework is required.

Course Syllabus (PDF)