The Home Front | Lecture 15 | France Since 1871 | Open Yale Courses

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1917 is a critical moment in World War I, as the Bolsheviks seize power in Russia and Woodrow Wilson leads the U.S. into war on the side of the Allied powers. Although morale held steady on the home front in France, there were multiple mutinies and strikes as the war progressed. These mutinies were not in favor of German victory; rather, they were in protest of corruption at home, in the form of incompetence and profiteering. Literary and historical records of World War I bear witness to the difficulty faced by soldiers in reentering civilian life after returning home.


Lecture chapters consist of:

  1. Advice for the Midterm Exam [00:00:00]
  2. The Turning Point in 1917: The Russian Revolution and American Involvement [00:04:48]
  3. Social Tensions of War: Profiteers, Women and Refugees [00:17:05]
  4. Mutinies and Strikes: Popular Revolt on the Front and at Home [00:24:19]
  5. Ludendorff’s Last Push: The German Offensive of 1918 [00:36:53]
  6. The End at Last: The Human Cost of War [00:41:30]

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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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