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Germany - The First World War, 1914-18

2. The First World War: A Basic Outline

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Lecture

In this module, we outline the basic elements of the First World War, focusing on: (i) the events leading up to the Kaiser’s declaration of war in 1914; (ii) the unifying effect of Germany’s campaign for a patriotic consciousness in support of the war; (iii) the unprecedented violence of the First World War, including the development of new military technology and trench warfare; (iv) the mid-war submarine warfare; and (v) the final stages of the war, and the conclusion of peace.

Course

In this course, Professor Belinda Davis (Rutgers University) looks at Germany during the First World War. In the first module, we consider why Germany went to war, and who wanted war. In the second module, we outline the basic elements of the First World War, including its unprecedented violence, the divisions it caused within German society, and the hardship that it brought upon Germany. In the third module, we turn to consider the concept of “Total War” and how it applied to Germany during the First World War, and in the fourth we look at the German Home Front. In the fifth and final module, we look at the immediate legacies of the First World War.

Lecturer

Professor Belinda Davis is a Professor at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in modern Germany and Europe, especially food, popular politics, and gender history. Her recent publications include The Internal Life of Politics: Extraparliamentary Opposition in West Germany, 1962-1983 (2019), Changing the World, Changing Oneself: Political Protest and Transnational Identities in 1960s/70s, West Germany and the U.S (2010, editor), and Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin (2000).

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Davis, B. (2022, September 01). Germany - The First World War, 1914-18 - The First World War: A Basic Outline [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-first-world-war-1914-18/the-first-world-war-a-basic-outline

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Davis, B. "Germany - The First World War, 1914-18 – The First World War: A Basic Outline." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Sep 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-first-world-war-1914-18/the-first-world-war-a-basic-outline

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