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World War I and The United States

Arguably, World War I was the most significant event of the twentieth century. It dramatically altered the world in which we live, continues to affect our lives today, and will remain one of the most influential events for decades to come. And yet, Americans know very little about this conflict and the transformation it brought to the nation and world. This course will cover the full scope of the war, with particular emphasis on the American experience and the struggles of President Woodrow Wilson. There will be lectures to provide common points of departure for discussion.
Note: The course does not meet on Tuesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

William Walker earned a BA and MA from the University of Virginia. He spent 40 years in higher education, first as an instructor of English and later as a public affairs director. In 2007 he retired after 11 years as associate vice president for public affairs at the College of William and Mary. Although he taught nineteenth-century British poetry, he is a lifelong student of military history. For the past 20 years he has studied World War I as part of the research on the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which was published as a book, Betrayal at Little Gibraltar, in May 2016 by Scribner (Simon and Schuster).

Recommended Reading:

Ferrell, Robert H. Woodrow Wilson and World War I, 1917-1921, 1986. Ellis, John. Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I, 1989.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B51 William Walker Nov 7, 14, 28 Dec 5, 12 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The R. R. Smith Center WL

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