OSHR 1117 - The British Home Front During the Second World War

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course will focus on how British civilians, politicians, and intellectuals were affected by the Second World War and how they contributed to the war effort. We’ll examine how civilians (especially women) responded to German bombing raids and the extent to which gender and class differences were eroded.

We’ll look at wartime changes in social policy and why the war resulted in a national health service. We’ll study how Churchill became Prime Minister and conclude with an analysis of why the nation rejected him in the 1945 election and elected a Labour Government instead. We’ll also consider the war's effect on intellectuals such as George Orwell and on the contributions that scientists and intellectuals made in winning the war through efforts like the invention of radar, the breaking of the German military codes, and the research on the atomic bomb.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.