Legacies of the Great War: Historical Questions and Controversies | Newberry

Legacies of the Great War: Historical Questions and Controversies

Thursday, December 6, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Gene Beiriger, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The war and its aftermath created legacies that are still with us. While we will not cover specifics of the conflict, we will examine the historical impact of the war on the the rest of the twentieth century, as well as its lingering aftershocks to the present. Some of the topics will include: the idea that military leaders (not politicians) should determine a state’s war policies; the view that the Treaty of Versailles was a failure and made the Second World War inevitable; the belief that democracy and nationalism are always constructive forces; the notion that communism had to be opposed at all costs; etc This seminar will examine the ways in which historians have questioned and revised many long- and widely-held views, as well as discuss the reasons why such views persist. This seminar marks the centenary of the end of the First World War on November 11, 1918, and raises important questions about memory and commemoration.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.