Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: WWI and Survey Courses

One of the thoughts I have for bringing into a survey course are primary sources from the 1890s. Newspaper articles in American papers discussed the rising powers of Germany and Japan; the conflicts happening among Turkey and Greece; Turkey and Bulgaria; and an article on the ambitions of leaders in the Slavic countries of Serbia. These are a few examples yet I think students take to these examples that help set the mood happening in Europe prior to WWI.

Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: WWI and Survey Courses

When it comes to teaching World War One in a US history course, I first like to pullback and characterize the conflict for what it was: a primarily European phenomenon (though I emphasize the role that Europeans' colonial subjects played as soldiers and laborers during the war). Once I have provided the European context, I explain how initial US neutrality gave way to US intervention in the war on the side of the Allies. With respect to the war's historical significance for the US, I like to highlight two things: 1.

H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: WWI and Survey Courses

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Teaching Essay: Food in the First Half of the American History Survey

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