The British Empire and the First World War

Faculty:
Prof. Brandon Stephens (More Info)

Course:
The British Empire and the First World War

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
History

Course Description:
This class explores the crucial role that Britain played in achieving Allied victory in the First World War but also explores the weakening of the British Empire in war’s aftermath.  The first theme is illustrated in London with field trips to the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum, Parliament and the Tower of London.  The second theme is focused on in Dublin with field trips to Dublin Castle and the General Post Office (site of the 1916 Easter Rising). In both cities, students will gain insights into how the war impacted the lives of all who experienced it.

Prerequisites:
Completion of an intro history course or similar.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
This class explores the crucial role that Britain played in achieving Allied victory in the First World War but also explores the weakening of the British Empire in war’s aftermath. The first theme is illustrated in London with field trips to the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum, Parliament and the Tower of London. The second theme is focused on in Dublin with field trips to Dublin Castle and the General Post Office (site of the 1916 Easter Rising). In both cities, students will gain insights into how the war impacted the lives of all who experienced it.
  • See fighting equipment and other artifacts from the First World War in person at the Imperial War Museum and Royal Air Force Museum, London
  • Visit the Houses of Parliament where figures such as Prime Ministers David Lloyd-George and Herbert Henry Asquith waged political battles to lead the empire to victory.
  • Visit locations such as the Cenotaph (the primary monument commemorating the first world war in Britain) and Admiralty house (home of then First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill) in Whitehall.
  • See moving memorials and explore exhibits showing how the war affected the garrison at the Tower of London.
  • Tour the site of the 1916 Easter Rising at the General Post Office and Dublin Castle in Dublin to learn how the war had an impact on the wider British Empire.