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The First World War was a war of unprecedented scale and brutality, with countless casualties. It also left a poisonous legacy for the twentieth century and beyond, and many of the issues that were left unresolved in 1918 would lead to another world war in 1939. 1914-1918 was a period in history that has proved provocative and culturally resonant for the last hundred years.

In this free online course, The First World War: trauma and memory, you will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also on the effects of the First World War on civilian populations.

Over three weeks, you will discover just how devastating the effects of the First World War were in terms of casualties across the many combatant nations, and look in depth at the problem of 'shell shock' and how deeply it affected the lives of those who lived through it. You will also develop the skills to carry out your own independent research.

However, the war was not only experienced on the battlefield. You’ll explore the many and varied ways in which the war impacted on civilians, including the way combatant casualties, affected the lives of loved ones who were left behind.

Finally, you will look at how the trauma of the war has been depicted in art and literature, and see what has been learned from the past in the modern-day treatment of combat stress reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the First World War. Some prior knowledge of the history involved may be helpful in understanding the context of some elements of the course, but is not necessary.

The First World War was a war of unprecedented scale and brutality, with countless casualties. It also left a poisonous legacy for the twentieth century and beyond, and many of the issues that were left unresolved in 1918 would lead to another world war in 1939. 1914-1918 was a period in history that has proved provocative and culturally resonant for the last hundred years. In this free online course, The First World War: trauma and memory, you will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also on the effects of the First World War on civilian populations. Over three weeks, you will discover just how devastating the effects of the First World War were in terms of casualties across the many combatant nations, and look in depth at the problem of 'shell shock' and how deeply it affected the lives of those who lived through it. You will also develop the skills to carry out your own independent research. However, the war was not only experienced on the battlefield. You’ll explore the many and varied ways in which the war impacted on civilians, including the way combatant casualties, affected the lives of loved ones who were left behind. Finally, you will look at how the trauma of the war has been depicted in art and literature, and see what has been learned from the past in the modern-day treatment of combat stress reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the First World War. Some prior knowledge of the history involved may be helpful in understanding the context of some elements of the course, but is not necessary.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:40:00
    • Injuries of the First World War 01:00:00
    • Introducing Shell Shock 01:00:00
    • Week 1 Summary 00:40:00
    • Introduction 00:30:00
    • Atrocities Against Civilians 01:00:00
    • Hunger 01:00:00
    • Introduction 00:40:00
    • Mourning the Dead 01:00:00
    • Developing Medical Attitudes to Shell Shock After the War 01:00:00
    • Summary 00:30:00

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