The Great War
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The Great War

A history and analysis of the events, people, and effects of the first world war.
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Discover the events that led to the start of World War I
  • Learn how the world's great powers became involved
  • Watch how the war progressed from 1914 to 1918
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  • 8th Grade Reading Level

“What’s Inside”: Hullo, my name is Dr. Bernard Carpenter and I am honored to be your instructor for a course that covers one of the greatest tragedies in human history: I refer, of course, to the First World War, or, as it was known until the even more destructive Second World War, the Great War. Also called World War I, it is a subject very close to my heart, all the more so in this commemorative year. Growing up in England during the 1960s, I well remember elderly gentlemen reminiscing about the Great War, and both my parents were old enough to remember what they sometimes called the “14-18 War,” feeding my boyish imagination with inspiring images of young men leaving for the front. Tragically, far too many of those young men failed to return. Indeed, the war’s impact on the country of my birth is hard to overstate, but it was the same for European civilization in general. Although I hesitate to use language that might seem overblown, I feel compelled, nevertheless, to cite the American diplomat George Kennan who saw World War I as the seminal catastrophe of modern times, “the event which,” he believed, “lay at the heart of the failure and decline of this Western civilization." Now, if you choose to take this course, and I sincerely hope you do, you will learn more about this seminal event than in any other course of this type. Indeed, as the world prepares to commemorate the Great War’s centenary, I feel obligated to do justice to an event that degraded a civilization and continues to shape our world today.

Who is the target audience?
  • High school history students
  • Those interested in world history
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
The Build up to War
5 Lectures 58:19

In this first section you will learn about the context of the time period leading up to 1914. What was the attitude of Europeans during this period?

Preview 11:00

Lecture 1 Quiz
5 questions

A discussion of the underlying causes that led to the greatest war the world had ever seen.

“An Official Visit to Sarajevo”

Lecture 2 Quiz
5 questions

“Death of an Archduke”

Lecture 3 Quiz
5 questions

“Shifting Alliances”

Lecture 4 Quiz
5 questions

“The July Crisis”

Lecture 5 Quiz
5 questions
The World at War
4 Lectures 52:46
“The Road to War”

Lecture 6 Quiz
5 questions

“Home Before the Leaves Fall”

Lecture 7 Quiz
5 questions

“The Best Laid Plans”

Lecture 8 Quiz
5 questions

“Miracle on the Marne”

Lecture 9 Quiz
5 questions
The War of Stasis
5 Lectures 01:23:54
“War in the East”

Lecture 10 Quiz
5 questions

“The War Expands”

Lecture 11 Quiz
5 questions

“A Global Conflict”

Lecture 12 Quiz
5 questions

“Stalemate and Attrition on the Western Front”

Lecture 13 Quiz
5 questions

“A Year of Crisis”

Lecture 14 Quiz
5 questions
3 Lectures 31:19
“Total War and the Long Road to Peace”

Lecture 15 Quiz
5 questions

Epilogue: “An Uneasy Peace”

Lecture 16 Quiz
5 questions

The Great War Text
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About the Instructor
Dr. Bernard Carpenter
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History Professor

Dr. Bernard Carpenter grew up in the United Kingdom and taught history at Providence Academy for nine years. For six of those years he served as chairman of the History Department. He received a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Boston College, where he also taught a variety of history survey courses and upper level classes for history majors. During his twenty-year teaching career, he has also worked as a private tutor and taught at several public and private universities and colleges, including Wheaton College, and most recently the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He am currently teaching the history of the Catholic Church in the permanent diaconate program for the Diocese of Duluth. Whilst at Providence, He designed the curriculum for ninth- and twelfth-grade history, and is at present writing accompanying e-textbooks and filming complementary lectures for a projected online course for Providence eLearning.