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War and Remembrance: World War I and the Western Front
Brussels, Belgium; London, United Kingdom; Normandy, France; Paris, France; Waterloo, Belgium; Ypres, Belgium
Program Terms: May Experience
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Furman applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Carolyn Day - History, Marian Strobel - History Areas of Study: French, History, Political Science
Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits
Eligible Class Status: 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Housing: Hotel
Program Description:


WWI Trench Warfare


The Great War (1914-1918) changed the face of Europe and laid the foundations for many of today’s political conflicts and this May Ex study abroad course will be centered on War and Remembrance on the Western Front. This course will provide an investigation of the way in which a nation constructs its own narrative, and will assess the tone of the centenary commemorations of World War I.  On this travel program, students will study the relationship between historical events and the representations of these events through visits to significant museums and historic sites in England, France, and Belgium.  There will be an emphasis on concepts of commemoration and on placing World War I in a comparative context.

At the outbreak of World War I, there was a widespread conviction that the conflict would be won quickly and decisively.  Instead, the armies on both sides found themselves bogged down and then entrenched in Northern France and Belgium along the Western Front. It was here that massive assaults were hurled by both the Allied and Central Powers, with little success, until the final offensive that brought the war to an end in 1918. The Western Front is key to understanding the Great War, and was also the site of many firsts of modern warfare (for instance the first poison gas attack at Ypres).  The scope of the battlefields and understanding of the terrain is essential to gaining insight into World War I, and the visit to Great Britain permits the assessment of the sorts of commemorations that occur in the absence of actual battle sites.


War and Remembrance: World War I and the Western Front (HST 217): In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the World War I (1914-1918) this course will provide an assessment of World War I on the Western Front and the ways in which nations commemorate and shape their own historical narratives. (2 credits)

WWI Memorial


All other things being equal, preference will be given to graduating seniors and upper-class students.  Apart from solid academic qualifications, we are looking for students who demonstrate maturity, possess the ability to work in groups and cooperate with others, and those who can deal with the stresses that are inevitably associated with travel.


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WWI Propoganda$5700-$6000


The following items will not be covered by the program fee:

  • transportation to/from  GSP airport for international flight
  • meals
  • laundry, phone calls, internet, souvenirs and other personal expenses

This program is currently not accepting applications.