World War I (1914-1918) marked the end of the "old world order" and unleashed complex forces of political, economic and social change, the effects of which are still being felt today. The course examines these forces and the events that led the European powers to take up arms against one another and surveys the war's major battles on the Western Front. It considers the United States' relationship to the war, focusing on President Woodrow Wilson's policies of neutrality and belligerency, and his failed quest to establish the foundations of a post-war liberal world order. The American war mobilization and peace movements, and especially the peace advocacy of Chicagoan Jane Addams, are studied. Students also read several, classic war novels. 2018 is the centennial of the armistice, which finally put an end to this deadly – and inconclusive – conflict.