World War II

This course, led by Michael Neiberg of the US Army War College, aims to add more context and nuance into the traditional American views of the Second World War. Although keeping the American experience at the center, it examines that experience through a global lens. The content covered will challenge some of the myths and half-truths that Hollywood has bequeathed to Americans about the war while introducing some arguments that have emerged from the latest scholarship on themes like the home front, the actual fighting of the war, and the processes of peacemaking. The intention of this course is to provide a serious, scholarly, and objective analysis of the interplay between American, world, and military history during the most destructive war ever. 

Read the course outline here and listen to a history teacher introduce the course below.


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  • Twenty-five video sessions led by Professor Michael Neiberg 
  • A certificate of completion for 12 hours of course time

Readings: Recommended readings related to the course are listed in the Resources link on the course page. You are not required to read or purchase any print materials. Quizzes are based on the content of the recordings rather than the readings.

Course Access: After registering, you may access your course by logging in and visiting your “My Courses” link.


Michael Neiberg is the chair of war studies at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He previously taught at the US Air Force Academy and the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Neiberg has conducted extensive research on World War I and World War II through the lenses of social, military, and world history. Some of his books include When France Fell: The Vichy Crisis and the Fate of the Anglo-American AllianceThe Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America, and Making Citizen-Soldiers: ROTX and the Ideology of American Military Service.

The views expressed in this course are those of Dr. Michael Neiberg.