Spring 2021 - HIST 225 D100

20th Century Europe (3)

Class Number: 5581

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 27, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM



A survey of European history from the First World War emphasizing the origins and effects of the World Wars, the emergence of the Soviet Union and of fascism. Breadth-Humanities.


This is a survey of Europe’s history from 1914 to the 1990s.  As different ideologies and forms of imperialism and hegemony struggled and staked claims to swathes of the European peninsula during those years, it is no exaggeration to say that Europe was transformed several times over.  As we look at the large forces at play through this time period, we will also pay attention to how real people – individuals – struggled to adjust and to make sense of them.  This course will cover the two world wars; the interwar period and the rise of fascist and communist systems; the tensions of the “Cold War” and life in a divided Europe; the rise of the European Union; the demise of communism; and the struggle between national and European identities and principles. 


Some of the lecture material will be synchronous and some asynchronous.


  • Tutorial 20%
  • First essay test (February 1) 20%
  • Second essay test (March 8) 25%
  • Final exam 35%


The tests will be written open-book examinations with essay questions and primary source analysis.




John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, Volume 2.

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.

Ivan Krastev, After Europe.

These books are available in e-format on VitalSource.  https://www.vitalsource.com/ If you look in advance, you may also be able to order them in physical format. Additional material will be posted on Canvas.

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).