1945: Year of Victory
64 Killycomain Drive
This 10-week online course of two-hour lectures will explore how the Second World War ended in Europe and the Pacific 75 years ago, reviewing the key decisions and battles involved, from the Allied bombing campaign against Germany to the struggle for Iwo Jima and the use of atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The year began with the liberation of Auschwitz, and in the following months the horrors of the Holocaust began to be uncovered. There were also significant political developments in 1945, including the succession of Harry Truman as US president and the victory of the Labour Party in the British general election. But as this course will show, as one conflict ended, another was looming: the Cold War.
Ronnie Hanna has been a lecturer in history in the Open Learning Programme at Queen's University Belfast since 1994.