The Tragedy of the Great War: Causes, Consequences and Contrasting Centenaries

Ref: C2340647

Although the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious. Re-evaluating each country’s role in the crisis, we will trace the political, social and economic causes of the conflict. Given the war’s contrasting memories and national narratives we will also ask, should we commemorate without reproach.

Course aim

Re-assessing each country's accountability and using the stories of individuals, we will discuss the long and short-term causes of the conflict, concluding with how the centenary is remembered in Britain, France and Germany.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the main long term key political, economic and cultural preconditions, along with the short term causes leading to war in 1914
  • Express an informed opinion as to whether war was inevitable or avoidable by early 1914
  • Re-examine the origins of German aggression and concomitant guilt
  • Discuss which country was most accountable for the outbreak of war
  • Explain some of the war’s consequences, such as Germany’s divergent remembrance culture

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Although optional, any of the texts recommended by the tutor would enhance the weekly group discussions and participants' personal development.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Students could enhance their research skills through consulting the Derbyshire Records Office and engage in community centennial commemorative projects.

Download full course information sheet

The Tragedy of the Great War: Causes, Consequences and Contrasting Centenaries

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing