A Century of Total War, 1914-2014

Course Instructor:  Nick Hayes is a professor of history and holds the university chair in critical thinking serving the College of St. Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota.  A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published widely in newspapers, magazines, and journals.  He is a contributing writer for www.MinnPost.com.  He published his first work of creative nonfiction, And One Fine Morning:  Memories of My Father in 2010 and is currently working on a new book, Looking for Leningrad:  My Russian Stories.  For more information, visit www.nickhayes.org.

Course Information:  Tuesdays, April 1-May 6, 2014, 9:30-11:30 a.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Course Description:  The "Great War or World War I (1914-1918) was the defining event of the twentieth century and unleashed a series of conflicts that resulted in a century of "total war."  Our program views the Great War from the lens of the present.  We observe in the war's patterns of diplomatic and political incompetence, poorly conceived military strategies, callousness to staggering losses of human life, and unbridled nationalism the fault line of world conflicts today.  Our program will offer six conversations that examine the roots of international conflicts today in the great catastrophe of 1914-1918.

Registration fee for the series:  $80.00 per person

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this link:  https://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A7936

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration form to download, print and mail in with your payment: Spring 2014 Registration Form

Link to campus map:  St. Paul Campus Map

Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):


April 1 The Fault Line of the Great War:  the failed system of international crisis management, military strategies, and diplomacy
April 8 Revolution in the Middle East from "the Peace of Versailles - the peace to end all peace" to the Arab Spring
April 15 Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Russia from Lenin to Putin
April 22 Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing from the American Massacre to Sectarian Warfare in Our Time
April 29 Out of Control:  Military Technologies and the Failure of Arms Control from the Battle of Ypres (October, 1914) to Weapons of Mass Destruction
May 6 From Gavrilo Princip to Osama bin Laden:  A Short History of "Wars on Terror"

 Dr. Hayes' PowerPoint Presentations:

Hayes Week 1 PowerPoint Presentation

Hayes Week 2 PowerPoint Presentation

Hayes Week 3 PowerPoint Presentation