HIST 228
Europe in the Twentieth Century Spring 2022
Division II

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This course will offer a survey of some of the important themes of twentieth-century European history, from the eve of World War One to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Organized topically and thematically, the course will consider European society in the fin-de-si├Ęcle period; imperialism, racism, and mass politics; the impact of the Great War on European thought, culture and society; the Russian Revolution and Stalinist Russia; economic and political stabilization in the 1920s; the Depression; the rise of Fascism and National Socialism; World War II and the Holocaust; the establishment of postwar social democratic welfare states; decolonization; the “economic miracle” of the 1950s; the uprisings of 1968; the development of the European Union; the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe; the break-up of Yugoslavia; and the recent debates about Islam in Europe. Through a combination of lecture and discussion, the course seeks to introduce students to the major ideologies and institutions that shaped the lives of Europeans in the twentieth century, and to reflect on the role of ordinary people who devised, adapted, embraced, and sometimes resisted the dominant ideas and practices of their time.
The Class: Format: seminar; the class will be taught primarily by discussion with several lectures operating to frame those discussions
Limit: 40
Expected: 25-35
Class#: 3648
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance and class participation, six or seven in-class quizzes, two 6-8 page interpretive essays, and a take-home final examination
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: if overenrolled, preference given to History majors and students interested in becoming a major
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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