Spring 2023 - HIST 225 D100

20th Century Europe (3)

Class Number: 4767

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2023
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby



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 early 2000s.  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; the struggle between national and European identities and principles; and new challenges of the early 2000s.


  • Tutorial 20%
  • First essay test 20%
  • Second essay test 25%
  • Final Exam 35%


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



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

Heda Margolius Kovály, Under a Cruel Star.

Ivan Krastev, After Europe.

Merriman and Krastev are available in e-format on VitalSource.  https://www.vitalsource.com/ Heda Margolius Kovály’s book is not. All these books are available in physical form. Additional material will be posted on Canvas.


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