HIST 202: European Civilization, 1648-1945
Lecture 17 - War in the Trenches. With the failure of Germany's offensive strategy, WWI became a war of defense, in which trenches played a major role. The use of trenches and barbed wire, coupled with the deployment of new,
more deadly forms of artillery, created extremely bloody stalemate situations. The hopelessness of this arrangement resulted in a number of mutinies on the French side, motivated neither by defeatism nor by ideology, but rather by
the sheer horror of trench warfare. Due to the unprecedented scale of casualties, WWI impressed itself irresistibly upon the cultural imagination of the combatant nations.
|Lecture 17 - War in the Trenches|
|[00:00:00]||1. The Failure of the Schlieffen Plan: The Battle of the Marne|
|[00:05:47]||2. Trench Warfare|
|[00:13:51]||3. The Legacy of the Great War|
|[00:22:20]||4. The French Mutinies of 1917|
|[00:34:18]||5. The Turning Point in 1917: The Russian Revolution and American Involvement|
|[00:41:52]||6. The Scale of Destruction|
|Lecture 17 - War in the Trenches
Instructor: Professor John Merriman. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].
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