This course is for members who would like to learn more about the worldwide conflict which began in August 1914. Topics covered will include the origins of the war, the major campaigns on all fronts, the war at sea and in the air, propaganda, the impact on civilian populations, the peace settlements, the results of the war and how the casualties have been commemorated. Commonly-held views on issues such as military leadership will be examined and questioned. Study of written sources, images and artefacts from the period will form a significant part of the course. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to the group about the experiences of members of their own families in the war. This course is intended for those with a general interest in the Great War rather than for specialist military historians.
Note: The Autumn term will be held via video-conference (Zoom).