As we approach the centenary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that ended the First World War, in this course we will discuss the last year of fighting on the Western Front and the negotiations for an armistice in October and November. We will study Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the role they played in the negotiations. Then we will assess the cost of the war in lives and fortune to Germany, France, Britain, and the United States. Finally we will study the politics of those four countries in 1918 and early 1919 on the eve of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. We will read history and selections from contemporary literature, and we will view documentary and dramatic film. MSC, Classroom #1; Limit: 25 Course is closed
Required Book: Joseph Persico, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour, ISBN 9780375760457.
Robert Bunselmeyer taught the history of the First World War at three colleges; he has taught five times in Midcoast Senior College.