Summer 2018 - HIST 225 D100

20th Century Europe (3)

Class Number: 5942

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 7, 2018
    12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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.


In 1914, Europe could claim to be the centre of the world: the subcontinent was richer, more technologically advanced, and more industrialized than almost any other part of the globe.  Because of these advantages, the most powerful nations of Europe were formidable military powers that controlled vast overseas empires and shaped the world’s destiny.

But just a short century later these empires, huge armies, and technological superiority are nothing more than distant memories.  Most of the old Great Powers still exist and provide their citizens with a very high standard of living, but their role in world affairs is greatly diminished.  To believe North American media, Europe in 2018 has been relegated to the margins of History.

In this class, we will study the course of events over the past hundred years and see how two devastating wars, the rise of brutal dictators, the Cold War, and the drive towards integration profoundly transformed Europe and shaped the continent as it exists today. 


  • Tutorial Participation: 15%
  • Response Papers: 10%
  • Midterm Examination: 25%
  • Research Paper: 25%
  • Final Examination: 25%



Texts (available for purchase at the bookstore and on reserve in the library):

Jarausch, Konrad.  Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Mak, Geert.  In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century. Toronto: Vintage Books, 2008.


Rampolla, Mary Lynn.   A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. Ninth Edition. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin's, 2018. [Recommended, but optional]

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