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Michael Adas: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, May 03, 2019, 09:00am - 02:30pm

Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

War of the Empires: The First World War and its Global Impact

May 3, 2019, 9am-2:30pm 

Michael Adas, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Rutgers University

As the original name – the Great War – adopted by those who lived through that half-decade of horrific slaughter indicates, the First World War was by far the most genuinely global and immense conflict humankind had ever experienced. The seminar will focus on how to integrate the “world” aspects of that war from the Middle East, Africa, and North America to India, East Asia, and Oceania into courses on American, European and World history. We will consider its enduring impact on the emergence of nationalist resistance to the colonial powers, the boost it gave across continents to the struggle for women’s rights, the shift in power from Europe to the US and Japan, and the misguided postwar settlement that made a second world war inevitable.

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