World War and Society in the 20th Century: World War II (A Free Harvard Course)


Taught by Har­vard his­to­ri­an Charles S. Maier, this course–entitled World War and Soci­ety in the 20th Cen­tu­ry: World War II–offers “a the­mat­ic explo­ration of the war and its time through fea­ture films, pri­ma­ry sources, and schol­ar­ly inter­pre­ta­tions.” The course descrip­tion con­tin­ues:

It seeks to pro­vide a means for ana­lyz­ing and eval­u­at­ing what one reads or sees about World War II in terms of his­tor­i­cal accu­ra­cy and for gain­ing a broad­er under­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. Themes include the impact of war on sol­diers and civil­ians, on the home front, women in war, the Japan­ese and Ger­man view­points, and post­war issues. Films include Mrs. Miniv­er, The Pianist, The Win­ter War, So Proud­ly We Hail, Tak­ing Sides, The Hid­ing Place, and The Cranes Are Fly­ing.

The 24 lec­tures are all avail­able on this page. World War and Soci­ety in the 20th Cen­tu­ry: World War II will be added to our col­lec­tion of Free Online His­to­ry cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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