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World War II: Up Close

This course that immerses you in the experiences of ordinary people whose impact rippled through every aspect of the war. From battles to diplomacy to survival, discover the human stories behind the global conflict.

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World War II was a pivotal moment in modern history, shaping the world as we know it today. While most of us are familiar with the well-known battles and turning points, the personal stories of ordinary people tend to go untold. In this course our experts take you on a journey through the war from the perspective of the everyday people who were impacted by it.

Through this course, you will step into the shoes of remarkable men and women who did extraordinary things during the war, bringing history to life through the flesh and blood of battles, diplomatic skirmishes, and the struggles of civilians. From the propaganda machines of the Nazis to the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, our teachers will guide you through the course of the war, providing a sense of its global scope while focusing on the personal experiences of those involved. Each lesson of this course zooms in on the perspectives of soldiers, sailors, pilots, war correspondents, and citizens struggling to survive a war-torn world. You will discover the everyday heroes who fought on the icy front lines of Soviet Russia, the bombing campaigns against Britain, and the American submarines lurking beneath the choppy waters of the Pacific.In addition to the battles and campaigns, you will also get to know the men, women, and children who were present in iconic locations such as Stalingrad, Hiroshima, and London. This course is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the personal experiences that shaped the modern world during World War II.

What you’ll achieve:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the human impact of World War II;
  • Learn about the experiences of ordinary people during the war;
  • Explore lesser-known aspects of the war, such as propaganda and diplomatic maneuvers;
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills through examining primary sources and multiple perspectives;
  • Increase your appreciation for the sacrifices and struggles of those who lived through the war.

Who is this course for:

  • History enthusiasts interested in learning about World War II from a personal perspective;
  • Individuals seeking to better understand the impact of the war on global events and politics today;
  • Anyone interested in exploring the human experiences of war, including soldiers, civilians, and war correspondents.