The Origins of World War I | Lecture 13 | France Since 1871 | Open Yale Courses

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Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman as part of the Yale College course ‘France Since 1871’. The traditional, diplomatic history of World War I is helpful in understanding how a series of hitherto improbable alliances come to be formed in the early years of the twentieth century. In the case of France and Russia, this involves a significant ideological compromise. Along with the history of imperial machinations, however, World War I should be understood in the context of the popular imagination and the growth of nationalist sentiment in Europe.

Course chapters:

  1. Tangled Maps of Empire: Diplomatic Origins of the First World War [00:00:00]
  2. A Delicate Balances: The Shifting Alliances of the Great Powers [00:07:24]
  3. The British Empire on the World Stage: Capabilities on the Continent [00:19:26]
  4. Mounting Tensions in Alsace-Lorraine: The Saverne Crisis [00:32:29]
  5. War Expectations and Enthusiasm [00:40:14]

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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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