World War II—What Happened and Why

Assorted clippings about World War II

Alternate Tuesdays • 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. • [Zoom]

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January 19 • February 2, 16 • March 2, 16, (30 no class) • April 6

Today’s world can best be understood by viewing it through the lens of World War II. That war was the dominant event of the 20th century. It—and its echoes—determined the borders and form of government of most countries in today’s world, and it continues as a powerful force to the present day. The course will have:

  • In-depth original material to provide an understanding of critical events, including what happened and why things happened as they did.
  • Occasional videos.
  • A limited amount of material from other sources on World War II to establish context for in-depth topics and serve as a summary presentation of events that don’t receive in-depth treatment.

Instructors/Coordinators: Bob Caswell and Elwood Berry