1st degree (Bachelor)
Prof. Alon Kadish
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Prof Alon Kadish
The First World War on the western front until the campaign on the Somme
The development of trench warfare on the western front until 1916
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To describe the effect of industialization on war.
To examine the reasons and circumstances of the outbreak of the war.
To describe and compare the German, French, and British armies.
To describe the inital operations and the beginnings of trench warfare.
To examine the attempts to break the deadlock on the western front.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Industrialization and war.
The main European armies.
The Schliefen Plan and the outbreak of war.
The German offensive in the West and its failure.
The beginning of trench warfare.
The attempts to break the deadlock in 1915.
Allied planning for 1916.
Falkenhain's Christmass memorandum and the Verdun campaign.
Plans and preparations for the Somme campaign.
Malcolm Brown, Verdun 1916, Strand Glos.:Tempest,1999
Robert A. Doughty, Pyrrhic Victory French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, Harvard UP, 2005
Paddy Griffith (ed.), British Fighting Methods in the Great War, LOndon: Frank Cass, 1996
Michael Howard, The First World War, Oxford University Press, 2002
John Keegan, The First World War, London: Pimlico, 1999
John Terraine, Douglas Haig, The Educated Soldier,London: Cassell,2000
Additional Reading Material:
Hew Strachan, The First World War volume 1: To Arms, Oxford UP, 2003
End of year written/oral examination 100 %
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