This course will explore the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Second World War. It will begin by addressing the settlement that ended the Great War, the rise of fascism in Europe and militarism in Japan, and interwar military developments. The course will then trace the events that led to war in Asia and in Europe. The course's centerpiece will be a consideration of the war's conduct. Military issues, both tactical and strategic, will be addressed, as will the economic, diplomatic, and political forces that shaped the conflict. The course will conclude with a consideration of the troubled peace that followed, focusing on the events that led to the outbreak of the Cold War.
Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6