Unit 10: The Great War
of the Russian imperial family leaving the Winter Palace to "mingle"
with the "people" after the declaration of war on 3 August 1914 (20
July by the Russian calendar). It is difficult, but you can pick
out Tsar Nicholas II in the photo. This was one of the last
"good" days for the imperial couple, as the Russian people--as did most
of the other citizens of countries in Europe--enthusiastically greeted the onset of
war and rallied around the tsar.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Read Remarque, All Quiet
on the Western Front (if you are going to submit the optional Remarque paper).
- Submit the
Optional Remarque paper. If you don't understand why I call this an optional paper, take a look at the Explanation of Assignments and Grading
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- Read my notes on Franz Kafka, one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.
- There are an unbelievable amount of source documents that have been published with regard to World War I.
- Take the short 5-point quiz(zes) for this unit's textbook chapter(s). Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
the impact of World War I in a one-page paper for a maximum of 50
points (maybe more depending on how good). Please be sure to cite
sources. Start here (canadaonline.about.com/od/ww1battles/p/beaumonthamel.htm).
- For 50 points maximum extra credit, watch All Quiet on the Western Front
(1930, directed by Lewis Milestone), and assess the historical accuracy
of the film in a one-page paper.
a one- or two-page paper for a maximum of 50 points (maybe more), offer
a detailed contrast between Remarque's depiction of the war in his
novel and Milestone's view of the war in his film adaptation of the novel.
- For 50 points maximum extra credit, read
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August (1962) and write a one-page paper in which you explain what went wrong for the Russian army in the first two months of the war.
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, read
the "Willy-Nicky" Telegrams,
exchanged between tsar and kaiser, 29 July - 1 August, 1914 and write a long paragraph in which
you assess these rulers' grasp on reality.
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, read the comments by Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941, Emperor 1888-1918), "A
Place in the Sun" (1901) and write a long paragraph explaining how the Kaiser's attitude contributed to the march towards war.
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points,
you can submit the answers to the Remarque study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.