Fall 2015

Europe in the Twentieth Century

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-133  |  History, as HIST-132

Formerly listed as: HIST-03

Moodle site: Course


April D. Trask (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 132 [EU] and EUST 133.) At the turn of the century, Mark Twain described Europe as a paradise of “tranquil contentment,” prosperity and genuine freedom. Labelled as the “Age of Extremes,” however, Europe’s twentieth century was marked by fierce ideological and political conflict, war and genocide and the beginning of the end of a domination over world affairs that the European nations had exercised for centuries. By 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and lauded once again as a beacon of relative stability and peace. This course will explore the major events, development and trends of European history in the twentieth century: the two world wars; the confrontation between liberalism, fascism, and communism; decolonization; the Cold War; the socio-cultural revolution of the 1960s; the Balkan Wars in the 1990s and the apparent triumph of democracy in European politics.  Course materials will focus on changing notions of race, class, and gender during the course of the century and draw on primary documents, including novels and historical fiction, memoirs, films, political manifestos, government documents and interviews.  Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Trask.

If Overenrolled: Priority to underclass students, non-majors


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Fall 2015