On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, Carleton professors of History will collaborate to showcase the most recent approaches to the history of the conflict. Organized around countries and themes, with Canada as a point of departure, the course will be divided in four blocks of three weeks each: War Fronts, Home Fronts, Empires, and Commemorations. It will include topics such as the participation of African soldiers, the meanings of the war for Canadian indigenous peoples, the role of animals, medieval references and precedents, the children’s war, the history of humanitarian aid, and the representation of the War on films. It will be the occasion to share and examine the wealth of new documents, exhibitions, and publications currently made available to the public on this important occasion.
In addition to the work they will hand in during the workshops (20 % of the final mark), students will prepare three small assignments related to each of the four thematic blocks of lectures (20% each) and there will be one mid-term examination (20%). The form of the projects will vary. There will be no final examination.
The course consists of a weekly lecture of an hour and a half and a weekly workshop of the same duration. A short textbook will accompany the whole course, and students will read one article in advance of each lecture. The workshops will introduce the wide variety of documents with which the history of the War is written and told: newspapers, monuments, sounds, films, newsreels, performances, letters, posters, etc. They will also teach various techniques of analysis, data management, and communication.