World War I

Humanities Seminars Course

World War I

Professor Emeritus Richard Cosgrove History
Past Course
MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 24 - December 10, 2018. No class on November 12 and November 19.
Dorothy Rubel/Humanities Seminars Room, 1508 E. Helen Street



2018 marks the centennial of the Great War, as World War I was originally known. The War ended the Concert of Europe, reworked global geography and transformed the domestic structures of the combatants. This course will examine the War’s origins, explore how it ended the major world empires, and trace the ways it still casts its shadow across the international community today. We will also consider the factors that motivated individuals to continue fighting even as the casualty lists reached catastrophic levels and few families avoided the loss of loved ones from battle, disease, or persecution. Finally, we will examine how World War I increased the United States’ participation in world affairs and set it on its path to global hegemony.


Required Reading: 

Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. Ballatine Books, 1987. ISBN-10: 0449213943.


Richard Cosgrove served in the Department of History at the University of Arizona from 1967 to 2003, retiring as a University Distinguished Professor. His teaching covered all eras of English history from the beaker people to Tony Blair. He published five books in his research area of English legal and constitutional history.


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