The Ages of Revolution and Catastrophe (KCSE4103)


This unit of study examines the twentieth century as a period of catastrophe. It provides an introduction to the central events of early twentieth-century European history. It takes World War One as its starting point, and examines the impact that this war had on the changing politics, national borders, cultures, ideologies and histories of Europe. The unit provides students with an understanding of major events from twentieth century European history that have shaped the modern world. It will equip students with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to teach modern European history. The unit will also consider the lived history, that is, the social aspects of the changing historical and political circumstances in Russia and Germany.

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film study (20%) and short essay (25%) and research essay (40%) and quiz (15%)

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.