Discover the catastrophic impact of World War I, the first total war in history that mobilized entire societies, causing over 9 million soldier deaths, 20 million wounded, and leaving a lasting legacy of new government powers and ongoing global conflicts.
World War I was one of the most catastrophic events in human history, and its effects are still felt today. From August 1914 to November 1918, the world was plunged into an unprecedented conflict that quickly escalated beyond anyone’s expectations to become the first “total war.” Entire societies were mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any cost. The war was touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia, but it quickly spread throughout Europe and beyond, engulfing the world in a brutal and devastating conflict. By the time it ended, at least nine million soldiers had lost their lives, with another twenty million wounded, seven million of whom were permanently disabled. Estimates suggest that civilian deaths may have been as high as six million. And the psychological trauma experienced by survivors and their families would continue to affect them for decades to come.
Through this course, you will explore the causes, events, and consequences of World War I, gaining a deeper understanding of how this catastrophic event shaped the world we live in today. You will learn about the political and economic systems that led to the outbreak of the war, the military strategies and tactics employed by the belligerent powers, and the experiences of soldiers and civilians on the front lines and at home. You will also examine the far-reaching consequences of the war, including the collapse of empires, the rise of new nation-states, and the emergence of new geopolitical tensions that continue to shape global affairs.
This course is designed for anyone interested in the history of World War I and its enduring impact on the world. By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the war, and how it continues to shape the world we live in today.