The First World War, 1914–1918

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 16 – November 18

1 - 3 pm - OR - 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Both sections of this class are full. Registration has closed.
Led by Frank Biletz

Note: There are two sessions of this class to accommodate demand. They both have the same content.

The First World War transformed the European political and social order, as well its cultural life, completely and irrevocably. As we approach the centennial of its beginning, this course will delve into the many ramifications and interpretations of WWI, including the causes, global impact, military campaigns, and literary depictions. We will also study the nature of trench warfare, American involvement, the Paris Peace Conference, and the effects of war on the status of women. For the first class meeting, participants should read the first chapter of Hugh Strachan’s The First World War.

Frank Biletz holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Lecturer in History at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford, 2013 edition). ISBN#9780199971954.
  • Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel (Penguin Classics, 2004). ISBN#978-0142437902.
  • Hugh Strachan, The First World War (Penguin Books, 2005). ISBN#978-0143035183.

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the first class meeting, participants should read the first chapter of Hugh Strachan’s The First World War (Penguin Books, 2005).

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $230.
Both sections of this class are full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waiting list.