DID THE FIRST WORLD WAR REALLY END IN 1918?
Emeritus Professor Nigel Worden, Department of Historical Studies, UCT
November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, commemorated in differing ways in different parts of the world. But did the war really end in 1918? This course explains why warfare, violence and major conflicts continued well into the 1920s, both in Europe and in other parts of the world such as the Middle East, India and South Africa. It explores how the end of the First World War created new divisions and tensions which were to dominate the twentieth century and continue to influence global events today.
- What ended in 1918, and what did not?
- Revolutions and the Bolshevik spectre
- Drawing national boundaries: insiders and outsiders
- After the Ottomans
- Tumult in the colonies
Gerwarth, R. 2016. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End,
1917-1923. London: Allen Lane.
Macmillan, M. 2001. Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World. London: J.Murray.
Reynolds, D. 2013. The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century. New York: W.W.Norton & Co.
Tooze, A. 2014. The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order, 1916-31. London: Allen Lane.
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