Strategies, Tactics, and Battles of World War II
This is a nine-session course focusing on the battles that made World War II so catastrophic. It follows world history starting in 1932 and proceeds through the duration of the war. Students will learn about the economies, attitudes, and politics of the world that led to the battles that will be covered in the course: the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Siege of Leningrad, the North African Campaign, Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Stalingrad, the Invasion of Sicily, the Battle of Coral Sea, and the Battle of Berlin. Students will learn about the conditions in which the battles were fought and the attitudes of people at home. They will gain an understanding of the people involved and the places these battles occurred, the life of ordinary soldiers and of the civilians who stayed, and the horrors people found themselves in and the stresses they endured. They will examine the ways in which the warring nations reworked their economies, the materials they produced to fight the war, and the sacrifices they made in defense of their rallying ideologies.
Students will learn about various individuals involved in the war, including Georgi Zhukov, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Erwin Rommel, Chester Nimitz, Isoroku Yamamoto, Krystyna Skarbek, Nancy Wake, Susan Travers, and Mary McLeod Bethune.
Live Classes: Fridays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 5th to July 31st
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.