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Course Description

In the summer of 1914, Europe plunged into a war larger than any before in history. To encourage enlistments, maintain morale, and hold public support, many called it “The War to End All Wars.” In our six sessions, there is much to consider. How and why did European governments fall into a war few wanted? How did the course of war expand on battlefields, at sea, and in the air? How did it affect homefronts and the role of women in nations-in-arms? What were the aims of the belligerents? Why did the United States enter the war, and why did Russia collapse in revolution? What led to the armistice of November 11, 1918, that stopped the fighting? And how did the consequences of the subsequent peace treaties sow the seeds of a far greater conflict and affects the world, even today.
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