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R318 Spring 2018 World War I Potpourri

Course number : R318 Spring 2018   
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Thursdays, 2:15–3:40, Mar. 29–May 17
Instructor: Patrick McGinty
Countless studies have been written about “The Great War,” and because we are currently in the centennial years of this earth-shattering struggle, we can expect to see the publication of many more. Broad historical surveys provide us with the overall description of principal politicians, generals, admirals and battles, but unfortunately leave out the “sidebars”—the tangential stories—that aid us in understanding complex historical events. The emphasis in this course will be on seven sidebars that seriously affected Americans before, during and after the war. The frame upon which these topics will be discussed is the life, times, and administration of Woodrow Wilson. The sidebars will be discussed chronologically as they were addressed by the president:
  •  Pershing’s punitive expedition into Mexico (1916)
  •  German espionage and sabotage prior to the United States’ entry into the war
  •  Recruiting and training the armed forces
  •  Advancements in technology and weapons
  •  Administering to the casualties of war
  •  American propaganda to sell the war (and the subsequent suppression of civil rights)
  •  American intervention in Russia (1918–1920)
Patrick McGinty, an OLLI member, is a retired naval officer with an MA and PhD in history from Georgetown University. He has taught various history, political science, and psychology courses in Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. His areas of specialization at the University of Maryland University College were the history of terrorism, the history of violence in America, and the history of substance abuse in America.

Class Details

8 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

United Christian Parish

Pat McGinty 

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/29/2018 - 5/17/2018 Weekly - Thu 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM Reston, United Christian Parish  Map Pat McGinty 

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