War in the Trenches| | Lecture 17 | European Civilization, 1648-1945 | Open Yale Courses |

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Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman as part of the ‘European Civilization, 1648-1945’ course at Yale College. 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 chapters consist of:

  1. The Failure of the Schlieffen Plan: The Battle of the Marne [00:00:00]
  2. Trench Warfare [00:05:47]
  3. The Legacy of the Great War [00:13:51]
  4. The French Mutinies of 1917 [00:22:20]
  5. The Turning Point in 1917: The Russian Revolution and American Involvement [00:34:18]
  6. The Scale of Destruction [00:41:52]

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Original URL: http://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-202/lecture-17

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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