Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman as part of the ‘France since 1871’ Yale College course. The sacred union that united France’s political parties during World War I contributed to a resilient morale on the home front. Germany’s invasion of France, and the conflict over Alsace-Lorraine in particular, contributed to French concern over atrocities and the national investment in the war effort. New weapons and other fighting technologies, coupled with the widespread use of trenches, made fighting tremendously difficult and gruesome on all fronts.
Lecture chapters consist of:
- The Schlieffen Plan: German Hopes for an Early Victory [00:00:00]
- The Early War of Movement: The Battle of the Marne and the Salvation of France [00:07:16]
- From Movement to Attrition: The Development of Trench Warfare [00:13:47]
- The Identity of the Citizen-Soldier: Society During and After the War [00:22:00]
- Conditions on the Front: The Nature of Machine Warfare [00:34:30]
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