What is the course about?
This course will analyse the United States during World War I. We will look at how U.S. policy evolved from neutrality to involvement and America’s eventual role in the fighting. We will also look at how Americans debated the war and the significant impact that the war had on American society.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• U.S. neutrality and the debates within the United States about that policy
• How and why the United States entered the war.
• The experience of American soldiers
• How the U.S. government (and economy) mobilised for war
• Transformations in American society during the war
• Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy during and after the war (including the Treaty of Versailles)
• The emergence of the United States as a global power
• The upheavals in the United States at the end of the war.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
¿ Understand the American experience during the Great War.
¿ Understand America’s role in the war
¿ Understand Wilson’s role in the peace treaty and the debates surrounding his proposals
¿ Understand how the war influenced American society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory-level course and no prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity. This course will be delivered online, and you will need to be able to access the internet and the Zoom video conferencing platform.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will be taught via Zoom, using a combination of lecture, engagement with primary sources (both written and audio-visual), and group discussion. You do not need to do work outside of class, but materials will be available should you wish to learn more about the topic.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs associated with this course. You may wish to have a pen, and notepad or paper by your computer to take notes and record your thoughts and reflections.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We offer a wide range of courses throughout the year exploring the History of the Americas. Those taking this course may be interested in other topics from our America's Wars or American Controversies series, or courses exploring American politics and cultural history in general.