Open Learning WW2 Harvard

 “World War II did not only teach us to fear, it taught us to hope. We must keep our hope alive by cherishing the memory of World War II, which is surely worth keeping.”


All of us aim to live a peaceful life. We all want to live in a world free from terror, pain, and chaos. We all want to live in a world where freedom, equality and peace are valued. We all want to live in a solitary world, where we can spend our lives at peace with the ones we love.

But then again, no matter how hard we strive for peace, it is inevitable that unfortunate events happen which may jeopardize the peace we wish to have. There are certain circumstances which can shatter our hope to live in a peaceful world. War is one of those circumstances.

War is havoc waiting to happen. It lurks in the shadows, patiently waiting for the right time to unleash its darkness. And when war does happen, there’s no way avoiding it. We can’t do anything except to face war, fight it and end it.

One of the most historical and unforgettable events in history is the World War II. It was a global battle involving several of the world’s nations who formed two opposing military alliances. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million people serving in military units. World War II started in 1939 and did not end until 1945.

Harvard University has an Open Course on World War II History. It is a thematic exploration of the war and its time through feature films, primary sources, and scholarly interpretations. It was established to provide a means for analyzing and evaluating what one reads or sees about World War II, involving the historical accuracy and for gaining a broader understanding of the different perspectives.

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