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The Great War and its Legacy, 1914-1918: Spring 2017

An informational guide to the programming series on the legacy of World War I beginning in Fall 2014. The series is co-sponsored by the OSU Library and OSU Department of History.

About "The Great War and its Legacy, 1914 - 1918" Series

This series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War with discussions on all the aspects of life that changed in the aftermath of World War I. This series looks at the wider impact of the War on life and culture of the US and world, and also focuses on its impact on Oklahoma, the Payne County region, and OAMC. Sponsored by the OSU Library, the W.P. Wood Professorship, and the OSU Department of History.

Guide URL: http://info.library.okstate.edu/greatwar

Spring 2017 Programs

"They Are Fighting for Humanity": Native American People at Home and Abroad in World War I

Dr. Douglas Miller, OSU Department of History

February 20, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

Program Description:

When the Great War erupted, many Native American people were still processing and overcoming recent traumas, including the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, profound land dispossession, and an off-reservation boarding school system designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” In spite of open wounds that transcended tribal lines, Native people remained determined not only to survive the nation’s wider entrance into modernity, but also to shape it, and not at the expense of Indigeneity. Against the odds, Native people from the turn of the century imagined and pursued new futures for their respective peoples and nations. While the Great War’s relationship to Indian Country remains understudied, this talk will situate it within these wider transformations, while emphasizing its effect on Native American citizenship, belonging, and unbelonging in a rapidly changing American landscape.

Biography:

Douglas K. Miller is Assistant Professor of Native American and US History at Oklahoma State University. He received his PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. Prior to joining OSU, he served a postdoctoral research fellowship at Southern Methodist University’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. His current book project focuses on Native American urbanization, mobility, and work in the twentieth century. He is also developing a second book project on mass incarceration and settler-custodialism in Indian Country.

 

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Refusal to be Humiliated: German Soldiers, The Great War, and National Socialism

Dr. Lesley Rimmel, OSU Department of History 

Program Description:

March 30, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

What happens when combatants lose a brutal war that they had expected to win?   In Germany, the way the war was concluded, combined with Fronterlebnis, or experience of the soldiers at the front, had deep and long-lasting consequences for Germany and for much of the world.  This talk will explore how a mixture of psychology and politics combined to create a toxic atmosphere that helped enable popular support for an extreme and violent political party.  

Biography:

Lesley Rimmel is Associate Professor of History, specializing in Russian history, popular opinion, and the ways ordinary people experience political violence.  


War Animals and the Great War 

Dr. Chelsea Medlock, OSU Department of History

April 20, 2017 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library