Worlds of World War One

This course is committed to the idea that World War One has continued relevance, not only as a memory, or as a history, but also as a laboratory for study of modernity and the world we live in today. This theme is highlighted throughout the course. Students will not only learn the history of causes, events, and outcomes of WWI but will also be asked to consider the global consequences. The course is also emphatically interdisciplinary. While the course is a study of History, using books and textual primary sources, it is also designed to introduce students to the range and diversity of other materials that can be used to explore the worlds of war, including literature, visual arts, and film.

This global history of World War One is a team-taught NYU GNU course bringing together faculty in History, Cultural Studies, and Film Studies, in New York and London, to provide an international, interdisciplinary learning experience including seven trans-Atlantic video conference meetings. A coordinated History class will also meet in NYUAD. We will share material and interact online across these three NYU classes through an interactive webpage and student blogs that facilitate virtual conversations and collaborative student work. This interdisciplinary course supplements the study of History from books and primary sources with an exploration of diverse materials and approaches that bring to life many worlds of war with interpretive prose, painting, poetry, fiction, films, TV dramas, museums, monuments, and archives of public and private material.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Lindsay Davies
TR: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM GCASL 369
David Ludden
TR: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM GCASL 369