World War I in Literature and History
Summer 1999
Dr. Bernard Cook
Bobet 427; telephone 2564

Required reading:

Spencer Tucker, The Great War, 1914-18.

You will find "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century at < http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/ >, which will supplement the films.

You will also find "Trenches on the Web," < http://www.worldwar1.com/ > an interesting site.

Attendance:  I require and expect punctual attendance.  After the second absence your final grade will be lowered one level for each additional unexcused absence.  The first two absences are counted whether excusable or not.  I determine the validity of excuses.

 Students who arrive late disturb class.  Late arrivals will be tolerated only in exceptional cases. If you arrive after the role has been taken, you are expected to offer your excuse after the class.  If your excuse is acceptable to me, you will be counted present.  If you miss the roll, it is your responsibility to let me know after class that you were present.  If you do not let me know immediately after class, the absence registered by your name will not be removed.

I expect for you to be in class when class begins and stay to the end of class. If you miss the beginning of more than one class you are to see me and offer an explanation for each additional occurrence; otherwise tardiness will be counted as an absence. Insufficient excuses will not be accepted more than once. If you must get up and leave class, even for a short time, you are required to offer an explanation after class; otherwise you will be counted absent.

Tentative Schedule:
June
   1 Introduction
   2
   3 Read: the first part of Friedrich von Bernhardi, The Next War,"
< http://h-net2.msu.edu/~german/gtext/kaiserreich/bernhardi.html >
   4 Read: The von Schlieffen Plan: < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914m/schlieffen.html >
   7 Read: "Scrap of Paper," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/paperscrap.html >
   8 Read: "The Fall of Liège," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/liege.html >
   9 Read: "The Fall of Brussels," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/brussfall.html >
 10 Read "The Burning of Louvain," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/louvburn.html >
 11 The Beginning of Trench Warfare: Read: < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/aisne.html >
 14 Read: "The First Battle of Ypres," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/russfail.html >
 15 Read sections on Trench Life: < http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWtrench.htm>
 16 Read: "The First Use of Poison Gas," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1915/chlorgas.html >
 17 Read "The Failings of the Russian Medical Service," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1914/russfail.html >
 18 Map Test
 21 Test
 22 Read "Wilson's First Lusitania Note," < http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1915/lusitania1.html >
 23 Read: "Swavesey Will Remember," < http://raven.cc.ukans.edu/~kansite/ww_one/memoir/somme.html#swave >
 24 Read "Soldiers' Songs of World War I," and pick two upon which to comment: < http://raven.cc.ukans.edu/~kansite/ww_one/memoir/macgill.html >
25 Read: Treatment of the Armenians," < http://raven.cc.ukans.edu/~kansite/ww_one/docs/bryce.htm >
 28 Poems: Read Sassoon, Owen, and Brooke
<http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jsassoon.htm >
<http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jowen.htm >
<http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jbrooke.htm >
 29 More from "Trench Life"
 30 More from "Trench Life"
July
   1
   2 Test

Value of work:

  Test 1.........................................................................25%
  Test 2.........................................................................30%
  Map test......................................................................10%
  Written reactions to films and readings ..................................25%
  Indication that you have read the material for
   the day and the text: .......................................................10%
 

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