Free MOOC Course
In 2015, Monash University in association with our UK partner FutureLearn, developed a free on-line course exploring the memory of the Great War. ‘World War 1: A History in 100 Stories’ will take you on a virtual tour of the Great War’s battlefields, introduce you to leading historians and offer practical skills in navigating exciting historical archives. In 2015, this was the largest WW1 course fielded by Futurelearn, attracting around 14,000 learners. The course will recommence on 25 April 2016. Enrollment is free and open to all.
One Hundred Stories
The “One Hundred Stories” project reveal the impact of human conflict on Australia and the world. Digital narratives based on recently opened archives, they revolutionise the way history is presented and challenge our understanding of the Great War. The One Hundred Stories are stories that have not been told before. They highlight the experiences of women as well as men, recover the too often forgotten contribution of Indigenous Australians, and emphasise the ongoing cost of war to the community as a whole.
Each story is a snap shot of a life and a generation. Each involves a brief on-line presentation ideal for teaching purposes The stories remember not just the men and women who lost their lives but also those who returned to Australia: the gassed, the crippled, the insane, all those irreparably damaged by war. The Great War shaped the world as well as the nation. Its memory belongs to us all.
History or Hollywood?: Solving the Mystery of The Water Diviner
Why does the Anzac Legend continue to captivate Australians? In the lead up to the Centenary of the Landing, Russell Crowe’s feature length movie ‘The Water Diviner’ was screened in cinemas across the world. The film claims to be inspired by ‘true events’, retraces the steps of the first pilgrim across the Gallipoli battlefields and grapples with one of Australia’s most enduring foundation narratives. But is it fact, or fiction? And how can it be used as a teaching device to better understand the allure of Anzac today. Join Monash historians on a bold exposé of the myths behind ‘The Water Diviner’.
‘Remembering and Forgetting War’ – Hear Professor Jay Winter’s public lecture launching the 100 Stories book
On Remembrance Day 2015, ‘World War One: A history in 100 stories’, written by Monash University historians Professor Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James, was launched to a capacity audience at the Melbourne Museum. A challenging program of speeches, performance and song was captured on film for audiences across the world. Highlight of the evening was Professor Jay Winter’s engaging address, ’Remembering and Forgetting War’.