The Great War and its Aftermath: 1918-22

Course summary

The Great War and its Aftermath: 1918-22


In the autumn of 1918 the Allies finally overcame German resistance on the Western Front. However, as the fighting between the Powers drew to a close, many important questions remained undecided: what kind of peace settlement would emerge; would the revolutionary Bolshevik regime in Russia survive; and how far would the emergence of nationalism challenge the authority of the remaining imperial powers? These and other topics will be addressed in a lecture series which marks the centenary of the ending of the Great War.


Programme details



11.00am – 12.30pm


Coffee/tea is provided in the Common Room before each lecture, from 10.30am

10.15am Registration (first week only 6 February in Rewley House Reception)


6 February 2018

Victory and Defeat on Battle Fronts and Home Fronts: How the War ended in 1918



13 February 2018

Romanovs, revolutions and repercussions: Russia, 1917-1921



20 February 2018

The post-war treaties, 1919-1923: peace or armistice?



27 February 2018

Ottoman denouement: the Greco-Turkish conflict, 1919-23



6 March 2018

The Challenges of Peace: British Politics 1918-1922



13 March 2018

The First World War and the rise of Fascism





Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £110.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Professor Gary Sheffield


Professor Gary Sheffield is a military historian and a leading expert on the First World War. His many books include Forgotten Victory – The First World War: Myths & Realities (2001), The Somme (2003), A Short History of the First World War (2014) and Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory (2016). He started his career in the Department of War Studies at RMA Sandhurst, and is currently Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He is currently working on Civilian Armies: The Experience of British and Dominion Soldiers in the Two World Wars.

Mr Christopher Danziger


Christopher Danziger M.A., M.Ed., was formerly Head of History at St Edward’s School, Oxford  and a lecturer at the Universities of Durham and Cape Town. For the past 12 years he has been a Tutor in the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He teaches European History, with a special interest in Napoleonic France and Romanov Russia on both of which he has written extensively.

Ms Sheila Tremlett


Sheila is a Senior Associate Tutor in the Department for Continuing Education, where she teaches C19th and C20th European and British History. She also tutors for Oxford University Visiting Student programmes.

Dr Mark Levene


Mark Levene is Reader in Comparative History at the University of Southampton. His writing ranges across genocide, Jewish history and environmental and peace issues especially focusing on anthropogenic climate change. His most recent works include the two-volume The Crisis of Genocide: The European Rimlands, 1912-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2013), for which he received the biennial Lemkin Award from the New York-based Institute for the Study of Genocide in 2015.

Mrs Annette Mayer


Annette Mayer is a Senior Associate Tutor in History at OUDCE. She teaches modern British History and is the author of two books, The Growth of Democracy in Britain, and Women in Britain 1900 – 2000 published by Hodder & Stoughton

Professor Tom Buchanan

Director of Studies & Lecturer

Tom Buchanan is Professor of Modern British and European History at the University of Oxford, and Director of Studies in History and Politics at OUDCE. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on British involvement in the Civil War, and of Europe’s Troubled Peace, since 1945 (2nd edition 2012). His most recent book, as co-editor, is War in the Balkans: Conflict and Diplomacy before World War I (2015). He is currently writing a book on human rights activism in post-war Britain.