The First World War: Between Historiography and Anniversaries

This semester, starting in September 2014, in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Dr. Oksana Dudko will give a course "The First World War: Between Historiography and Anniversaries" to history students from the UCU Humanities Faculty.

The course is devoted to the study of the modern historiography of the war and its broader representations in the media, film, literature, comics, video games, interactive online projects, and social networks. The Great War was a total modern disaster that affected not only the military but also the civilian population on different continents. Thematically, this course covers the global and individual dimensions of war. The course aims to reveal how the war changed borders and political systems, how it transformed the imperial space, what the emergence of new nation states meant for Europe, what meaning war had for cultural transformations, how it affected the economy and science.

In addition, the course will analyze the "culture of war," that is, "a wide range of representations through which people gave meaning to war, and through which they convinced themselves that they must continue to fight." Using the concept of "culture of war," the course will consider the individual experiences of different participants, such as how life was like on the front, what war meant for soldiers; how did refugees, deportees, and prisoners of war view the war; what sort of relationship did peaceful citizens have to the war; what did it mean to live in enemy-occupied territory and a destroyed city; how did gender roles change; what emotional, physical, and mental experiences were caused out by the war.

You can download program of the course here