The Great War is considered an historical event that helped define the 20th century as we understand it today. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized to fight the war. More than 15 million people were killed, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history. There were many technologic advances in weapons and the actual way wars were fought. These changes made the fighting of wars a mass killing operation. It was truly the war to end all wars. 9/05/2017 I. LEADUP TO THE GREAT WARThe series of seminars will start with an understanding of what lead up to the war and how the events of the last half of the 1800 and the first part of the 1900’s lead to the War.9/19/2017 II. WESTERN FRONT OF THE WAR IN FRANCEThis seminar will examine the changes made in fighting on the Western Front in France, the Christmas Truce and day to day life in the trenches creating what is now called Trench Warfare..10/10/2017 III. AIR & NAVAL WARFARENext we will examine the Air War in Europe. How was it fought at a time of the beginning of air flight? This seminar will also look at the Naval War as it was fought in the Great War. Surface ships will be viewed all over the world and the use of submarines in the North Atlantic.10/24/2017 IV. RUSSIA, THE BALKANS & ITALYThe next seminar will look at Russia and its role in the war from its beginning to the Russian Revolution. The Balkans were the war began and the Italian Front called the White War will also be looked at to understand how all of Europe was involved in the Great War.11/07/2017 V. OTTOMAN EMPIRE & THE MIDDLE EASTThis presentation will focus on the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and Arabia of today, as it fought Russia and Great Britain.All of the Middle East was involved in the War from Egypt, to the Holly Land and Arabia.11/28/2017 VI. Paris Peace Treaty of 1919The last seminar will examine the Peace Conference between the allied victors, following the end of World War I. It set the peace terms for the defeated Central Powers much of which lead to WW II.The major decisions were the creation of the League of Nations; the five peace treaties with defeated enemies, overseas possessions given chiefly to Britain and France; reparations imposed on Germany, and the drawing of new national boundaries.