1918 - Armistice and Aftermath

Ref: C2339554

These sessions will examine the events of 1918 as we commemorate the centenary of a watershed in modern history. We will examine how the allies won what seemed at the beginning of the year an unlikely victory. As well as discussing the fighting of 1918 we will also consider other important events such as the devastating influenza pandemic and the British 1918 election which saw some women vote for the first time. We will also investigate the afterwar settlements as the defeated central powers were reshaped and the map of the world redrawn. The group will also examine how these dramatic changes of a century ago still influence our own world today.

Course aim

These sessions examine the events and key episodes of 1918 - the ending of World War One; a devastating pandemic of influenza, some women voting for the first time and the post-war settlement.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No prior knowledge is required, just an interest in the events and episodes of 1918 and a willingness to participate in group discussion and learning.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate an increased knowledge of the events of 1918 such as the fighting that ended the Great War, the Influenza epidemic, and an election that saw some women able to vote for the first time
  • use historical sources such as official documents, letters and diaries, newspapers, photographs and archive film to illustrate the story of the year 1918
  • have a greater understanding of on-going debates about why the allies won the war and what were the consequences of the allied victory
  • be able to illustrate the story of 1918 by recounting stories of people who witnessed the events studied

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Mainly verbal feedback through individual and group discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Pens, a notepad and a file to store the hand-outs would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • David Stevenson's book "With Our Backs to the Wall - Victory and Defeat in 1918" is a thorough discussion of the military aspects of the year of the Armistice. Many more books and website recommendations will be given.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The tutor will be happy to offer advice about further study connected to this topic of history.

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1918 - Armistice and Aftermath


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