Welcome to my favourite course to teach. We began by reviewing the course outline and the role of this classroom blog. Next, we learned how to use the signpost countries to organize the geography of Europe. You will need to learn three maps: pre 1919; 1919-1945, and, 1945 to 1990. The events of the different eras of the last century will help signal the reasons for the changing frontiers. Next, we checked in with what we remembered about the First World War and I tried to speak to some of the different players that were involved with the war; we mentioned Germany, Serbia, Austria Hungary, Turkey, Greece, and Russia. I'll be able to run though the information on those slides when I return on Thursday.
There is no reading today, but by the end of tomorrow's class you will have two books and be in a better position to start the course in ernest.