Wednesdays, 11:30–1:30 (film presentations)
11:30–12:55 (lecture presentations), Mar. 28–May 16
Instructor: Bernie Oppel
World War I ended 100 years ago in November 1918. Its unresolved issues and the imperfect peace that followed reverberated throughout Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for the remainder of the 20th century. The war marked the emergence of the United States on the world stage, yet has been strangely forgotten in America, despite the wide impact of two of President Wilson’s most seductive sound bites—“democracy” and “self-determination”—on world politics. After a brief overview of the origins and conduct of the war, the course will focus on the long-term consequences and complex legacies of World War I. The course will be held in two parts: both the spring and fall terms of 2018, concluding close to Armistice Day, 2018. To complement your experience, the course will include a number of films about the war at selected intervals. Chosen for their artistic merit, historical accuracy, and realism, the films explore various areas and topics. There will be four films shown. The film presentations will meet from 11:30 to 1:30 to enable each film to be shown in one session. The lecture presentations will start at 11:30 and last 85 minutes. Dates when films will be shown will be announced at least a week in advance so participants can plan accordingly.
OLLI member Bernie Oppel is a retired foreign service officer and retired Air Force colonel. He holds a PhD in modern European/Russian history from Duke University and has taught history at the USAF Academy, as well as teaching several history and history film courses at OLLI.