Summer 2015 - HIST 225 J100

20th Century Europe (3)

Class Number: 3581

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 11 – Aug 10, 2015: Thu, 5:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2015
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.



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 course is a survey of the social, political, and cultural transformation of Europe from the beginning of the twentieth century through the early years of the twenty-first. We will explore the period leading up to the First World War; the culture and politics of the interwar years; the experience and lasting impact of the Second World War; the ideologies, agents and events of the “Cold War”; decolonization and immigration; the development of the European Union; and the contemporary landscape of Europe “post-911”. Considering the metamorphoses of European nations and populations in global perspective, we will examine the impact of changes within Europe on imperial territories and peoples in colonial and “postcolonial” terms. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the impact of large-scale political events and changes on the social and cultural identities and everyday lives of communities and individuals.


Students in this course will have the opportunity to develop their critical reading, writing, and research skills through the completion of a number of different assignments. Examining a range of primary sources, from diplomatic documents to first-hand accounts of events, to visual art, music, film, and literature, students will become more fluent in the analysis of the different types of evidence available to historians. Students will also be introduced to some of the basic methods of historical research essential for the completion of more advanced assignments in History courses at the 300 and 400 levels.


  • Participation 20%
  • Weekly Quizzes 10%
  • Short Essays 20%
  • Research Assignment 30%
  • Final Exam 20%



Bonnie G. Smith, Europe in the Contemporary World

Bela Zombory-Moldovan, The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

Sam Selvon, Lonely Londoners

Marzena Sowa, Marzi: A Memoir

*Texts and assignments are subject to change before the beginning of the term

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