What is the course about?
The victory against Germany in November 1918 came at a dramatic human and economic cost for France. How did French society cope with the trauma? What were the political, social and cultural consequences of the conflict and of peace itself?
What will we cover?
The immediate consequences of the war: human and material losses
Security and reparations: France's key demands after the war
- The quest for security
- The issue of reparations and their implications
- The nationalist right in power and the 1923 occupation of the Ruhr
- The left in power and the search for security through reconciliation with Germany
French society after the war
- Replacing 3 millions of victims: immigration and pro-natality policies
- The position of women in society: progress and regression
The post-war cultural scene: the impact of the war and Les années folles (The Roaring Twenties)
- How to deal with the horrors of the conflict
- The emergence of new artistic movements and styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain the immediate consequences of the war on French society and economy
Discuss which measures France sought to impose on Germany to achieve security and why they were opposed by the UK and the US
Explain why the decision was taken to occupy the German region of the Ruhr
Discuss the reconciliation policy of Aristide Briand and the left
List at least five different countries of origin of immigrants to France in the 1920s
Discuss whether war led to an improvement of women' position and conditions society
List at least three novels that exposed the horrors of the war
List at least two artistic movements that emerged after the war.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an 'introductory' level course. No specific knowledge needed, although some background information on and interest in Latin America in general, would be helpful, and a good understanding of English is essential. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific previous knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a combination of lectures and group discussions. Classes will be supported by
PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Learners will be asked to read a couple of articles at home to
prepare the discussions in class. These will be available on the website for the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. But if you would like to take notes, a pen and some paper would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information can be found on the Build website with information of upcoming courses in the Humanities Department for the 2018/19 academic year.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details