Spring 2022 - HIST 225 D100

20th Century Europe (3)

Class Number: 4519

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCC 9002, 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.


Europe in the twentieth century was a tumultuous and violent continent. It was the site of revolutions, civil wars, and genocide as well as two “total” wars and even a “cold” war. It was the birthplace of new, aggressive political ideologies offering utopian visions of remade societies based on principles such as racial purity, rapid industrialization, and imperial conquest. It was the graveyard of ancient empires as well as more recent experiments in nation-building. Overall, it was home to a century of political convulsions, economic hardship, social upheaval, and psychological trauma.

At the same time, Europe was a rich and exciting place of invention and reinvention. States, societies, and economies were built, rebuilt, and reconceived, usually in the aftermath of war. New institutions – such as the social-welfare state, the League of (and then United) Nations, and the European Union – also emerged from the years of conflict. The post-1945 era saw the creation of two Europes – eastern and western – each promising to hundreds of millions of citizens within its borders a future of economic prosperity, social justice, mass consumption, and cultural supremacy. And throughout the century, Europe was the source of technological breakthroughs, artistic innovation, new social movements, and major demographic change.

To gain a clear understanding of the political, social, and economic forces that have shaped Europe since 1914, students will read a variety of primary sources. They will also develop basic skills of historical thinking, interpretive analysis, and argumentative writing


  • Tutorial participation 20%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Portfolio 25%
  • Final Exam 35%



Spencer Di Scala, Europe’s Long Century: Society, Politics and Culture, 1900-Present.

All tutorial readings will be posted on Canvas.

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