World War 1: Trauma, Memory, Controversy
Explore the traumatic effects of WW1 on soldiers and civilians. Discover how we remember and debate the history of this war.
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in finding out about the effects of the First World War (1914–1918) on societies. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of the subject. Teachers might particularly benefit from studying this course.
What topics will you cover?
• The effects of the war on combatants and civilians
• New types of injuries and how victims and medical professionals dealt with them
• Casualty figures and how to interrogate them
• Artistic responses to the trauma of war
• How the war has been commemorated
• The debate among historians about the origins of WW1
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Investigate casualty statistics and conduct your own research into war losses
Evaluate visual and poetic historical sources to understand how the First World War affected art and culture
Discuss your thoughts with other learners on our online platform
Explore various types of physical and mental trauma suffered by those who experienced the war
Assess the difficulties historians face in establishing accurate figures about war losses
Interpret historical propaganda and eyewitness accounts to understand the civilian experience of war