Twentieth-Century Europe (HSTY1044)


This unit surveys Europe's twentieth century, examining the First World War, the Russian Revolution, fascism, the cultural ferment of the interwar years, the Second World War and the Holocaust, European empires and decolonization, Cold War culture and politics, and European unification. The transformations of the twentieth century took place in many different spheres of human existence, and this unit introduces students to some of the varieties of history and the diverse ways historians approach the past.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd Essay outline (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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