What is the course about?
This course is about American involvement in World War II. We will look at how U.S. policy evolved from neutrality to participation, and America’s eventual role in the fighting in both Europe and the Pacific, and its impact on the home front.
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?
• 1930s Neutrality Laws
• The Isolationist Movement (including America First)
• Roosevelt’s efforts to aid the allies during the period of neutrality
• The war in Europe
• The war in the Pacific
• American strategy
• Roosevelt’s wartime diplomatic initiatives
• The Manhattan Project and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
• The home front and social upheavals during the war.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
¿ Better understand why the United States was so late to enter the war
¿ Better understand American strategy during the war and the role U.S. forces played in the fighting
¿ Better understand how the war affected 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.