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The Great War: Reconsiderations and Representations (6 points)


Leader: Barbara Caine

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The carnage of the battlefields of the First World War horrified the generation who lived through it. The events of 1914-18 continue to fascinate writers, artists and historians. This unit will focus on both experience and representations of the war, looking both at the letters, diaries, poetry and paintings produced during the war and those produced in the decades after. It will encompass both battle front and the home front, and will stress the changing nature of warfare, on the one hand, and the political developments, changing economic organisation and social stresses that war brought to the participant countries, including Australia, on the other.

Assessment: Group presentation (500 words):20% + class participation: 10% + research essay (3000 words): 40% + examination (1 hour): 30%

Prerequisites: A first year history sequence, or permission

Prohibitions: HSY2910

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