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In this documentary series commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One, the professors of the Department of History of York University examine various aspects of the war and the role Canada played in it.
Episode 1: The World at War
Professors Deborah Neill, Stephen Brooke, William Wicken, Molly Ladd-Taylor and Jennifer Stephen discuss the origins of the war. Particular attention focuses on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austria-Hungary Empire and how the countries of Europe and elsewhere became involved in the escalating conflict.
Episode 2: Canada at War
Professors William Wicken, Marcel Martel, Jennifer Stephen, William Jenkins and Craig Heron discuss how Canada became involved in World War One and how its citizens reacted. While many were excited to enter what was believed to be a short war, many others objected fighting in a war they knew little about.
Episode 3: Women at War
Professors Kathryn McPherson, Molly Ladd-Taylor and Jennifer Stephen examine the extensive role women played in World War One, both at home and overseas. One of the more fascinating revelations discussed is that Canada was the only country to give women nurses officer status in the military.
Episode 4: Empires at War
Professors Deborah Neill, Stephen Brooke, Joan Judge and Thabit Abdullah discuss how the British, French, Chinese and Ottoman Empires approached the war often recruiting soldiers from their respective colonies as the war dragged on.
Episode 5: Technologies at War
Professors Deborah Neill and Craig Heron discuss the central importance of industry in producing weapons and how new technologies that were developed between 1914 and 1918 helped to end the conflict.
Episode 6: The Spoils of War
Professors Stephen Brooke, Joan Judge, Kalman Weiser, Thabit Abdullah, Jennifer Stephen and William Wicken break down the aftermath of World War One. Particular attention is given to the Treaty of Versailles, how the Chinese were affected by "secret treaties," and how the war helped to create the modern Middle East.
Episode 7: Les Canadiens français et la Première Guerre mondiale
Professors Marcel Martel, Colin Coates & Roberto Perin discuss the war from the perspective of French Canadians.
York University’s new video series tells the story of WWI (RCI - July 10th, 2014)
York U history experts explore WWI in documentary to mark centennial (YFile - April 24th, 2014)