Study World War I in Europe!

Later this month Bethel’s annual J-Term Study Abroad fair will include a History course for the first time in a long time:

Starting January 2013 (and then odd-numbered years thereafter), Chris Gehrz and Sam Mulberry will be teaching HIS230L World War I on location, in four European countries whose citizens fought on the former Western Front. Further details will be available later this spring, but the course will roughly follow this schedule:

Chris Gehrz and WWI Artillery
Prof. Gehrz at the Imperial War Museum this past January, posing with a British artillery piece from WWI

LONDON/OXFORD (8 days)

Key Sites/Experiences: Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, Museum of London, Tate Britain or Tate Modern, the Cenotaph, Hyde Park Corner memorials, and St Paul’s Cathedral; seeing the play War Horse in the West End; plus a day trip to Oxford where we’ll tour sites associated with WWI participants/authors like Vera Brittain, J.R.R. Tolkien, or C.S. Lewis.

BELGIUM/NORTHERN FRANCE (2 days)

Key Sites/Experiences: a local guide will lead a tour of the Ypres, Vimy Ridge, and Somme battlefields, where we’ll walk through preserved and recreated trenches, visit British, Australian, Canadian, French, and German memorials and cemeteries, and experience “Last Post” in Ypres. Then we’ll also take in the American cemetery and memorial near Belleau en route to our next stop…

PARIS (5 days)

Key Sites/Experiences: French army museum at Les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles (site of the peace conference that followed the war), Nôtre Dame, art museums (Louvre, Orsay, or Pompidou); plus an afternoon with members of France’s Armenian community and a lecture on the genocide that killed a million Armenians during the war, and a walking tour of Paris sites associated with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and other postwar expatriate authors and artists.

MUNICH (5 days)

Key Sites/Experiences: a walking tour of Munich’s Nazi history; the Munich City Museum and Jewish synagogue; memorials in the Hofgarten; and a day trip to Dachau to see the concentration camp museum.

To get a taste of what you might see on the trip, check out the video preview that Dr. Gehrz produced (mostly using photos and videos he shot during a scouting trip to Europe this past January) and posted on our new YouTube channel:

For more information, contact Prof. Gehrz.

(You can also check out a series of posts that Prof. Gehrz wrote on his personal blog last summer, in which he essentially thought aloud through each day of the course. Some of those links are embedded in this post.)

UPDATE: Only one spot remains and time is running out…

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