Term: Summer 2020 - Special Summer Session (05/18/2020 - 08/30/2020)
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War and Society in Europe: 1870-1949
This course is a brief military history of the decline of European dominance due to imperialism and conflict. Through historical articles and film, this course will cover British imperialism and German militarism in the 19th Century that helped lead to conflict in both world wars as well as their decline as the European hegemons by the start of the Cold War. British global dominance through naval supremacy and use of military force throughout its colonial empire complimented a Victorian society whose pride in England influence imperial action. Prussian military efficiency and effectiveness highlighted by their swift victory over their main continental rival, France, in the Franco-Prussian war spurned German unification, nationalism, and a quest to challenge the United Kingdom for dominance. This rivalry was a major factor to two destructive world wars that caused a decline in both nations who were replaced by the United States and the Soviet Union as the most influential nations over Europe.