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Germany - The First World War, 1914-18

5. The Legacies of the First World War

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Lecture

In this module, we look at the lasting legacies left by the First World War, focusing on: (i) the German government’s attempt to pursue a policy of popular sovereignty during the final years of the war; (ii) the revolutions and strikes which caused the war to finally come to a close; (iii) the appointment of a reformed coalition government after the end of the war; (iv) the multiple nodes of power which emerged in competition for control over the new German republic; (v) and a discussion of the revisions that need to be made to the standard narrative of how the First World War impacted Germany.

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 Legacies of the First World War [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-first-world-war-1914-18/the-legacies-of-the-first-world-war

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Davis, B. "Germany - The First World War, 1914-18 – The Legacies of the First World War." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Sep 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-first-world-war-1914-18/the-legacies-of-the-first-world-war

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