Fall 2022

World War I

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-130  |  History, as HIST-130


Ellen R. Boucher (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 130 [EU/TE] and EUST 130) The image of the First World War is so iconic that it can be evoked through a handful of tropes: trenches, machine guns, mud, “going over the top,” crossing “no man’s land.” Yet in many ways this is a partial vision, one that focuses myopically on the experiences of European soldiers who occupied a few hundred miles of trenches in northern France. Why is it that a conflict as unprecedented in its size and complexity as “the Great War” has been reduced in our minds to this very limited scale? This course both explores the role of World War I in our cultural imagination and aims to create a broader, messier, and more complicated portrait of the history. It will examine the conflict on multiple fronts, studying the perspectives of both European and non-European soldiers and civilians, and analyze the war’s role in shaping the twentieth century. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Boucher.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to History majors, European Studies majors, seniors, juniors, and so on.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.

HIST 130 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 201
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 201

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
WWI: A Short History Malden: Wiley Blackwell, 2018 Tammy Proctor Amherst Books TBD
White War, Black Soldiers: Two African Accounts of World War I, ed. George Robb, trans. Nancy Erber and William Peniston Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2021 Bakary Diallo & Lamine Senghor Amherst Books TBD
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World New York: Hachette, 2017 Laura Spinney Amherst Books TBD
The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 Nancy Wingfield TBD
Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 Susan Kingsley Kent TBD
Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the Development of National Consciousness Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004 Richard Smith, Jamaican TBD
Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 2000 Belinda Davis TBD
The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915–1918 East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2021 Khatchig Mouradian TBD
Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa Athens: Ohio State University, 2014 Michelle Moyd TBD
Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in WWI Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016 Emily Mayhew TBD
The Coolie’s Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict, 1914-1921 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020 Radhika Singha TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2022