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Fall 2014-2015
* HIS 365 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Europe in the 20th Century

Anson G. Rabinbach

The course will explore problems of modernity in European society, culture, and politics from the First World War to the fall of communism in Russia and East Central Europe. Part I will consider: the impact of the Great War, the crisis of liberal ideas and institutions, the ascent of communism and fascism. Part II deals with: post World War II justice and reconstruction, the cultural, and political divisions of the Cold War, and the Central European revolutions of 1989.

Sample reading list:
Eksteins, Rites of Spring
Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution 1917-1932
Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Payne, Fascism: Comparison and Definition
Burleigh and Wipperman, The Racial State
Kovaly, Under a Cruel Star

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 250 pages of reading per week. A midterm examination and a paper of 2,000 words (20%) in response to questions set by the instructor. Three short papers (1,000 words) on each of two novels and one film (15%) listed on the syllabus is also required.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21071 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:12 Limit:14