World War II, perhaps more than any other event in the Twentieth Century, has shaped the world we live in today. The events leading to, through, and after World War II are the focus of this course.
We begin with the treaty of Versailles and follow events through the Hydrogen Bomb and the period of the Cold War (c. 1960). World War II is the first modern war to be covered so completly by film.
This makes it possible to see events as they happened, decisions as they were made, and the people who lived through this conflict.
Students will view videos of the period, read from books and articles, search for realated sites on-line, maintain a journal of perspectives of the period, and interview individuals who participated in the war
and those who were on the home front as well. Students will also use computer simulations of WW II battles and weapons in this course. There will be an overnight trip to the Dayton Air Force Museum during the second week of this course.