INTD 117

Industrialized Killing: The First World War, Modernity, and the Human Experience

Prerequisite: Open only to first-year students in the y:1 program. The course focuses on the war experiences of combat veterans during the First World War and the technological changes that made warfare so much more deadly and dehumanizing than in previous conflicts. It deals with trench warfare, changing technology, lingering concepts of class and class deference on the battlefield, and the social changes during and immediately after the conflict. The first third of the class is a brief history of the war itself, followed by memoirs and other primary sources that illuminate the changes that shaped the 20th century. It delves into aspects of the changing meanings of modernity and how the combat experience shaped these meanings. III.O, V.1