Module 10: The Great War and the Arts

What plans did the Great Powers make for war? To what extent did these plans cause each Power to lose its room for maneuver and compromise?

Read:

  • Erich Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front.

  • Selections from Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel.

  • Selections for the War Poets available online.

Participate in the Discussion Forum:

  1. List three salient facts that you learned from your reading and viewing of the material above.

  2. In the right viewing pane of the Great War blog under Great War Resources, open the First World War Digital Poetry Archive. Chose and read two poems, then write two posts describing them and your response.

  3. On my Great War blog, do a category search for the term “Poetry” “Literature”, and “Art”. Read the posts that come up. Comment on something from one of the posts that strikes you as interesting.

  4. After you have completed all the activities in this module, post to the “What I still have questions about” link. (You can find my responses to the questions from Module 9 here.)

View my lectures: 

  • Remarque v. Jünger (pdf)

  • The War Poets and British memory (pdf)

  • Art and the War (pdf)

Write a brief reflective essay:

  • Choose an area of cultural endeavor that interests you and write about the changes brought about by the Great War?

Write a long essay on one of these questions regarding All Quiet on the Western Front:

1. xxx.

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