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World War 1: Paris 1919 - A New World Order?

This course reassesses the legacy of the Paris Peace Conference (1919) and how it sought to create a new world order.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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World War 1: Paris 1919 - A New World Order?

Why join the course?

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 ended a Great War, but it also designed the post-war future. In 1919, world leaders assembled in Paris redrew the map of the world, partitioned and created countries, and ushered in a new era of international relations. The naivety of the peace-makers of 1919 has been justly criticised. However, in setting up a permanent ‘world organisation’, the League of Nations, they changed the management of world affairs forever.

Produced in collaboration with the BBC, this three-week course will let you retrace the steps of those who took those momentous decisions almost a century ago, and to get a sense for the consequences of their decisions. You’ll have a chance to assess how, over the past century, world organisations (first the League of Nations, then the United Nations) have become a forum for international cooperation. And you’ll be encouraged to debate many of the issues that have vexed international politics since then.

To find our more, read Christian J. Tams’s post for our blog: “From Islamic State to Ebola: how 1919’s Paris Peace Conference still shapes world affairs.”

This course is part of a series designed in partnership with the BBC to commemorate the war.

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Who is the course for?

This will be of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about how today’s world was fashioned from the outcomes of World War One. No prior knowledge required.

Who will you learn with?

Christian J. Tams

Christian J. Tams is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. He specialises in dispute resolution and the law of international organisations.

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

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You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

$54.00